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Haile Selassie I Ethiopian Emperor (1892–1975): Descendant of King Solomon



Haile Selassie I was Ethiopia's 225th and last emperor, serving from 1930 until his overthrow by the dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1974. 
Haile Selassie traced his bloodline back to Menelik I, who was credited with being the child of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
He was born in a mud hut in Ejersa Gora Ethiopia on July 23, 1892.  Haile Selassie was crowned emperor in 1930. Over the next four decades, he presided over a country and government that was an expression of his personal authority. His reforms greatly strengthened schools and the police, and he instituted a new constitution and centralized his own power.
In 1936 he was forced into exile after Italy invaded Ethiopia during World War II after leading the resistance to the Italian invasion. He was reinstated in 1941 and sought to modernize the country over the next few decades through social, economic and educational reforms. He ruled until 1974, when famine, unemployment and political opposition forced him from office.



A small vintage collection of Ethiopia‘s emperor Haile Selassie I with his Lions. The lion is considered as Ethiopia‘s national animal and can be seen on various national artifacts such as the Ethiopian Lion of Judah flag and Ethiopian Airline.

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