Chronology

Chronology

Chronology of the life of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I

 

1892, July 23rd The birth of  Tafari Makonnen in Ejarsa Goro, Harer province, Ethiopia.
1895 Italy invades Ethiopia
1896, March 1st-2nd Menelik II defeats the Italians at Adowa
1905, November 1st Tafari Makonnen is made Dejazmatch by his father Ras Makonnen
1906 March 21st Ras Makonnen, Tafari’s father, dies
1910 March 3rd Tafari is appointed governor of Harer province
1911 July 31st Tafari marries Menen Asfaw
1913 December 12th Menelik II dies
1916 September Empress Zauditu takes power and Tafari is named Ras and Regent
1923 Ras Tafari takes Ethiopia into the League of Nations
1928 Tafari becomes Negus (King)
1930 November 2nd Negus Tafari is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia and takes his baptismal name HAILE SELASSIE which means Power of the Trinity. His wife, Menen Asfaw is also crowned Empress in a break with trodition.
1931 Ethiopia’s first constitution promulgated
1935 Mussolini invades Ethiopia
1936 His Imperial Majesty goes into exile in England and buys Fairfield House near Bath. He makes His famous speech to the League of Nations
January 1941 HIM returns to Ethiopia and defeats the Italian forces with the aid of British troops
May 5th 1941 HIM enters Addis Abeba in triumph
1951 HIM builds new Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion to house the Ark of the Covenant
1952 Eritrea federated with Ethiopia by UN
1955 Revised constitution promulgated
1961 Empress Menen passes
1962 HIM abolishes the federation of Eritrea and Ethiopia
1963 The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) is established at Addis Abeba
April  1966 HIM visit to the Caribbean. Haile Selassie I reached Jamaica on the 21st April
1973 Famine in the northern provinces of Welo and Tigre leads to propaganda and civil unrest
1974 HIM deposed
September 12th 1974 Seen in public for the last time
1975 His Imperial Majesty disappears from the eyes of Babylon