Menelik II

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Birthday
17, 1844
Birthplace
Ethiopia
Death Date
Dec 12, 1913 (69)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
17, 1844
Birthplace
Ethiopia
Death Date
Dec 12, 1913 (69)

About

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Menelik II served as both King and Emperor of Ethiopia. While in power, he successfully fought off invaders from Italy and significantly modernized Ethiopia. 

Before Fame

He declared himself King (Negus) in the mid 1860s.

Trivia

During his reign, he established banking and postal services in Ethiopia.

Family Life

The son of Ethiopian royals Haile Melekot and Ijigayehu Adeyamo, Menelik II (baptized Sahle Maryam) was raised in Shewa, Ethiopia. His three marriages -- to Altash Tewodros, Befana Gatchew, and Taytu Betul -- produced no offspring, although he fathered at least three illegitimate children.

Associated With

He and Haile Selassie were both kings and emperors of Ethiopia.