Haile Selassie

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Birthday
23, 1892
Birthplace
Ejersa Goro, Ethiopia
Death Date
Aug 27, 1975 (83)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
23, 1892
Birthplace
Ejersa Goro, Ethiopia
Death Date
Aug 27, 1975 (83)

About

Political leader who served as Regent of Ethiopia from 1916 to 1930 and as Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He facilitated Ethiopia's entrance into the United Nations.

Before Fame

He initially served under the government of Empress Zewditu. When he seized power in 1928, he forced the Empress to crown him King of Ethiopia.

Trivia

Although he was an Eastern Orthodox Christian, he inspired many followers of the Rastafari movement.

Family Life

He married Menen Asfaw in 1911; they had seven children together.

Associated With

He lived in exile during Benito Mussolini's World War II-era control of Ethiopia.