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Events 1 - 84 of 84
1332-02-18 - Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces.
1531-10-28 - Battle of Amba Sel: Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi again defeats the army of Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia. The southern part of Ethiopia falls under Imam Ahmad's control.
1541-07-09 - Estevão da Gama departs Massawa, leaving behind 400 matchlock men and 150 slaves under his brother Christovão da Gama, with orders to help the Emperor of Ethiopia defeat Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi who has invaded his Empire.
1542-02-02 - Portuguese under Christovão da Gama capture a Moslem-occupied hillfort in northern Ethiopia in the Battle of Baçente.
1543-02-11 - Battle at Wayna Daga: Ethiopian/Portugese troops beat Moslem army
1561-07-02 - Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, defeats a revolt in Emfraz.
1608-03-18 - Susenyos is formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia.
1842-02-07 - Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.
1855-02-11 - Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam.
1872-01-12 - Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.
1875-11-16 - Battle at Gundet: Ethiopian emperor Yohannes beats Egyptians
1876-03-07 - Battle at Gura: Ethiopian emperor Yohannes beats Egyptians
1889-03-12 - Battle at Metema (Gallabad): Ethiopian Emperor Yohannes IV, defeated
1895-03-25 - Italian troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1895-12-08 - Battle at Amba Alagi: Ethiopian emperor Menelik II drives Italian general Baratieri's out
1896-03-01 - Battle of Adwa: 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians in Ethopia
1897-06-28 - Marquis C de Bonchamps' expedition reaches Gore Ethiopia
1897-09-11 - After months of pursuit, generals of Menelik II of Ethiopia capture Gaki Sherocho, the last king of Kaffa, bringing an end to that ancient kingdom.
1906-07-04 - Gr Brit, France & Italy grant Independence to Ethiopia
1914-06-27 - US signs treaty of commerce with Ethiopia
1916-09-27 - Emperor Lidj Jasu of Ethiopia flees
1916-09-27 - Iyasu is proclaimed deposed as ruler of Ethiopia in a palace coup in favor of his aunt Zauditu.
1916-10-27 - Battle of Segale: Negus Mikael, marching on the Ethiopian capital in support of his son Emperor Iyasus V, is defeated by Fitawrari abte Giyorgis, securing the throne for Empress Zauditu.
1923-09-28 - Abyssinia (Ethiopia) leaves League of Nations
Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini 1928-08-02 - Benito Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1930-04-03 - Ras Tafari becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1932-04-17 - Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery
1934-11-23 - An Anglo-Ethiopian boundary commission in the Ogaden discovers an Italian garrison at Walwal, which lay well within Ethiopian territory. This leads to the Abyssinia Crisis.
1935-10-02 - Mussolini's Italian armys attacks Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1935-10-03 - Italy invades Ethiopia
1935-10-24 - Italy invades Ethiopia [10/2]
1935-12-30 - Italian bombers destroy Swedish Red Cross unit in Ethiopia
1936-05-01 - Emperor Haile Selassie leaves Ethiopia as Italian invades
1936-05-09 - Italy takes Addis Abba, annexing Absynnia (Ethiopia)
1940-12-06 - Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
1941-03-07 - British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1941-04-06 - Italian held Addis Ababa surrenders to British & Ethiopian forces
1941-05-16 - Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia
1941-05-18 - Italian army under general Aosta surrenders to Britain in Ethiopia
1941-11-18 - Mussolini's forces leave Abyssinia/Ethiopia
1944-04-04 - British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia
1950-11-25 - UN gives Eritrea to Ethiopia
1952-09-15 - UN turns over Eritrea to Ethiopia
1961-03-31 - Aklilou Habtewold becomes 1st premier of Ethiopia
1961-09-01 - The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate
1963-06-01 - King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, becomes Emperor of Ethiopia
1966-04-21 - Emperor Haile Selassie (Ethiopia) visits Kingston Jamaica
1974-02-22 - Ethiopian police shoot at demonstrators
1974-02-28 - Ethiopian government of Makonnen forms
1974-03-07 - 1st general striking in Ethiopia
1974-06-29 - Milt coup in Ethiopia
1974-09-12 - Coup overthrows Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia (National Day)
1974-11-23 - 60 Ethiopia government officials executed
1974-11-30 - Most complete early man skeleton found (Johanson & Gray in Ethiopia)
1974-11-30 - Lucy (Australopithecus) is discovered by Donald Johanson, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Tim White in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia's Afar Depression.
1974-12-20 - Ethiopia becomes socialist one-party state
1975-02-02 - Army offensive against rebels in Eritrea Ethiopia
1975-03-21 - Ethiopia ends monarchy after 3000 years
1975-04-29 - Ethiopia nationalizes all ground/earth
1975-08-23 - Ethiopian junta under Mengistu Haile
1977-09-07 - Ethiopia drops diplomatic relations with Somalia
1978-02-07 - Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert
1984-09-12 - Ethiopia forms socialist republic
1984-10-23 - NBC airs BBC footage of Ethiopian famine
1985-01-03 - Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews
1985-01-13 - Express train derails in Ethiopia, kills at least 428
1987-09-12 - Ethiopia adopts constitution
1988-04-03 - Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
1988-04-17 - Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
1989-04-17 - 93rd Boston Marathon won by Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia in 2:09:06
1989-08-07 - U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
1991-05-21 - Ethiopia's Marxist president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigns
1991-05-25 - Israel evacuates 14,000 Ethiopian Jews
1991-05-28 - Ethiopian rebels seize Addis Ababa
1992-07-23 - Emperor Haile Selassie, [Ras Tafari Makonnen] of Ethiopia's, funeral
1993-04-23 - Eritrea votes to secede from Ethiopia
1993-05-24 - Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war
1994-03-31 - Human evolution: The journal Nature reports the finding in Ethiopia of the first complete Australopithecus afarensis skull.
2000-11-05 - Emperor Haile Selassie I is given an Imperial funeral by the Ethiopian Orthodox church
2002-07-09 - The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.
2005-04-25 - The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937.
2010-01-25 - Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on-board.
2012-03-13 - 19 people are shot dead in a bus attack in Ethiopia
2012-07-28 - 18 people are killed and 11 injured in ethnic clashes in Ethiopia
Birthdays 1 - 30 of 30
1273-07-15 - Ewostatewos, Ethiopian monk and religious leader (d. 1352)
1471-07-15 - Eskender, Emperor of Ethiopia (d. 1494)
1810-01-03 - Antoine T d'Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia) [or Jul 24]
1815-07-24 - Antoine T D'Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia) [or Jan 3, 1810]
1844-08-17 - Menelik II, King of Ethiopia (1896-1913)
1869-11-11 - Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1900-46)/Ethiopia
1876-04-29 - Zauditu of Ethiopia (d. 1930)
1882-08-11 - Rodolfo Graziani, Italian marschal/viceroy of Ethiopia
1892-07-23 - Haile Selassie, [Ras Tafari Makonnen], emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74)
1895-12-16 - Lidj Jasu, emperor of Ethiopia
1898-10-21 - Amedeo duke of Aosta, viceroy of Ethiopia/gov-gen of Ital East-Africa
1916-07-27 - Asfa Wossen, Crown prince of Ethiopia/son of emperor Haile Selassi
1931-11-28 - Dervla Murphy, travel author (Full Tilt, In Ethiopia with a Mule)
1932-06-12 - Mamo Wolde, Ethiopia, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1968)
1932-08-07 - Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian marathon runner (Olympic-gold-1960, 64)
1941-05-08 - Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer
1944-05-15 - Miruts Yifter, Ethiopia, 5K/10K runner (Olympic-gold-1980)
1946-12-30 - Patti Smith, Chicago Il, rock vocalist (Radio Ethiopia)
1951-02-10 - Zeudi Araya, Asmara Ethiopia, Miss Ethiopia (1969)
1953-09-06 - Mohammed Kedir, Ethiopia, 10k runner (Olympic-bronze-1980)
1955-05-09 - Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, (d. 2012)
1973-04-18 - Haile Gebresleassie, Ethiopia, 10k runner (Olympics-gold-96)
1973-04-18 - Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian athlete
1978-12-08 - Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
1980-01-03 - Liya Kebede, Ethiopian model
1981-10-28 - Solomon Andargachew, Ethiopian footballer
1982-06-13 - Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopian athlete
1982-08-20 - Youssouf Hersi, Ethiopian footballer
1983-02-07 - Teshome Getu, Ethiopian footballer
1984-03-28 - Yordanos Abay, Ethiopian footballer
Deaths 1 - 39 of 39
1352-09-15 - Ewostatewos, Ethiopian monk and religious leader (b. 1273)
1413-10-06 - Dawit I, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1382)
1478-11-19 - Emperor Baeda Maryam of Ethiopia (b. 1448)
1508-07-31 - Na'od, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1494)
1540-09-02 - Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1501)
1559-03-23 - Emperor Gelawdewos of Ethiopia (killed in battle) (b. 1521/1522)
1563-02-01 - Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia (died of fever)
1597-10-04 - Sarsa Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1550)
1632-09-07 - Emperor Susenyos of Ethiopia
1667-10-18 - Fasilides, Emperor of Ethiopia
1706-10-13 - Iyasus the Great, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1682)
1708-07-01 - Emperor Tekle Haymanot I of Ethiopia (b. 1706)
1708-09-07 - Tekle Haymanot I of Ethiopia
1711-10-14 - Tewoflos, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1708)
1773-06-27 - Mentewab, dowager Empress of Ethiopia (b. circa 1706)
1779-06-23 - Ras Mikael Sehul, warlord of Ethiopia (b. about 1691)
1813-09-13 - Hezqeyas of Ethiopia, deposed Emperor of Ethiopia
1816-05-28 - Ras Wolde Selassie, Ethiopian warlord
1817-12-12 - Emperor Tekle Giyorgis I of Ethiopia, (b. about 1751)
1818-06-12 - Egwale Seyon, Emperor of Ethiopia
1825-05-23 - Ras Gugsa of Yejju, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia
1868-04-13 - Tewodros II / Theodorus II, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1818) commits suicide
1889-03-12 - Yohannes IV, [Kasa], Emperor of Ethiopia (1872-89), dies in battle
1893-11-13 - Antoine T d'abbadie, French explorer: Ethiopia, dies at 78
1896-06-02 - Gerhard Rohlfs, German explorer (Abbsynia/Ethiopia), dies
1897-03-19 - Antoine T d'Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia), dies at 87
1913-12-12 - Emperor Menelek II of Ethiopia (b. 1844)
1913-12-22 - Menelik II, King of Ethiopia (1896-1913), dies at 69
1930-04-01 - Zawditu, 1st reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies
1930-04-02 - Empress Zauditu of Ethiopia (b. 1876)
1935-11-07 - Lidj Jasu, emperor of Ethiopia, dies at 39
1942-03-03 - Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, viceroy (Ethiopia), dies at 43
1947-12-28 - Victor Emmanuel III, king of Italy (1900-46)/Ethiopia, dies at 78
1973-10-25 - Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian marathon runner (Olympic-gold 1960, 64), dies at 41
1975-08-27 - Emperor Haile Selassie, depossed Ethiopian emperor, strangled at 83
1989-08-07 - Mickey Leland, (Rep-D-Tx), & 15 others dies in plane crash in Ethiopia
1997-01-17 - Asfa Wossen, [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies
2002-05-26 - Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)
2012-08-20 - Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister, dies from liver cancer at 57