His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie on Time magazine Nov 3, 1930
Important Dates in Modern Ethiopian History
October 2, 1935 Mussolini of Facist Italy declared war on Ethiopia
October 3, 1935 Italy crossed Mereb river and attacked Ethiopia
October 11, 1935 Leage of Nations Assembly met and voted 50 to 4 to condemn Italy.
(Austria, Hungary, Italy and Albania opposed)
May 2, 1936 Haile Selassie went into exile
May 5, 1936 Marshal Badoglio entered Addis Ababa 1757 Italians and 1593
Eritreans were killed, more than 275,000 Ethiopians were killed.
February 1937 More than 30,000 peaceful Ethiopians were massacred in Addis Ababa
June 30, 1936 Haile Selassie pleaded the League of Nations in Geneva
July 4, 1936 The League of Nations voted to call off its sanctions against Italy.
July 2, 1940 Haile Selassie went to Kartoum, Sudan from London.
May 5, 1941 Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa
March 10, 1942 Negarit Gazeta was founded
August 26, 1942 Haile Selassie established State Bank of Ethiopia
December 1946 Ethiopian Airlines was founded
August 26 1942 Haile Selassie issued a new procamation outlawing Slavery.
Slavery was first outlawed in 1924.
February 27, 1951 University College of Addis Ababa was opened.
Inaguarl speech at openning of the first university in Ethiopia.
"We are proud to see Ethiopian youth thirsting
for learning. Although the fruits of education can be applied to evil
as well as to good things, you Ethiopian students should avoid having
a bad reputation and be eager and energetic in your studies, be loyal
to your country and obedient to your teachers, eschew lies and follow
truth, respect good and heirs of good work". Haile Selassie
December 2, 1950 by vote of 46-10 in UN Eritrea was federated with Ethiopia.
Union to be achieved September 15, 1952.
October 7, 1951 Dr. Eduardo Anze Matienzo of Bolivia, UN commissioner
for Eritrea announced that Eritrea had accepted the UN Federation plan
July 10, 1952 The new consitution of Eritrea adopted and ratified on
August 11 provided that Eritrea should have
legislative, executve and judicial powers in matters not reserved to
the federal government
August 28, 1952 Tedla Bairu was elected Chief Executive of Eritrea
September 11, 1952 Eritrean-Ethiopian federation act was signed and Eritrea
became an independent (federated) nation
September 16, 1952 The last British troops left Eritrea
May 19, 1954 Haile Selassie left Ethiopia for USA
May 26, 1954 Haile Selassie addressed a joint session of the US congress
December 6, 1954 Haile Selassie returned to Ethiopia after six month visits
in Canada, Mexico, Yugoslavia, Greece, Britain, France, The Netherlands,
West Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria.
December 1955 Tito of Yugoslavia visited Ethiopia for two weeks
November 4 1955 Ethiopian constitution
November 17, 1956 Haile Selassie was first head of state to visit Japan after World War II