Before 1935

  • 1930
    • November 2 - Haile Selassie I becomes Emperor of the Empire of Ethiopia.
  • 1931
    • July 16 - Ethiopian Constitution formally accepted.
  • 1932
    • The Kingdom of Jimma was formally absorbed into Ethiopia, following the death of King Abba Jifar II of Jimma.

1935-1941 (Second Italo-Ethiopian War & Occupation)





  • 1972-1974
    • Wollo Famine - Famine mostly in Wollo, northeastern Ethiopia, as well as in some parts of Tigray, is estimated to have killed 40,000 to 80,000 Ethiopians.
  • 1974
    • February - Four days of serious riots in Addis against a sudden economic inflation left five dead. The Emperor responded by announcing on national television a rollback of gasoline prices and a freeze on the cost of basic commodities.
    • September 12 - The "Derg" attempts to dispose Selassie, this attempt fails with Haile Selassie still in the leadership of Ethiopia.
  • 1975
    • August 28 - The state media officially reported publicly that Haile Selassie had died on 27 August of "respiratory failure". This was proven false and the media reporter who reported this was fired and put on trial.
    • October 3 (5:00 AM) - A Soviet, Cuban, and South Yemen combined force marches into Ethiopia via Somalia, a close ally of the Soviet Union. This marks the start of what is now known as the East African War.




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