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  • 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 (see News)
    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

    Ilahful book documenting His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I.