Addis Ababa in History

Historical Events

  • 1936-05-05 Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa
  • 1941-04-06 Italian forces holding Addis Ababa surrender to British & Ethiopian forces

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1941-05-05 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • 1944-04-04 British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • 1969-01-24 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa

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1969-03-20 Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila is paralysed in an auto-accident near Addis Ababa

Marathon Runner Abebe Bikila
Marathon Runner
Abebe Bikila
  • 1977-04-23 Milt workers kill 300-500 students in Addis Ababa
  • 1991-05-28 Ethiopian rebels seize Addis Ababa
  • 2000-11-05 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie is laid to rest 25 years after his death after a funeral procession through Addis Ababa

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2002-07-09 The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.

President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki
President of South Africa
Thabo Mbeki
  • 2017-03-11 At least 65 killed in landslide at rubbish dump near Addis Ababa, Ethopia
  • 2018-06-23 Explosion at a rally in Addis Ababa after speech by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed kills two and injures 150
  • 2018-06-26 First high level talks between Ethiopian and Eritrean officials in 20 years begins in Addis Ababa
  • 2018-07-29 Ethiopian state funeral for murdered dam engineer Simegnew Bekele in Addis Ababa prompts unrest
  • 2019-03-10 Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashes just after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board

Famous Birthdays

  • 1910-06-03 Wilfred Thesiger, English explorer and travel writer (Arabian Sands), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (d. 2003)
  • 1950-02-21 Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopian diplomat, President of Ethiopia (2018-), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 1971-11-01 Vikram Chatwal, Indian hotelier and actor (Hope and a Little Sugar), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 1982-01-07 Ruth Negga, Irish-Ethiopian actress (Loving), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Famous Deaths

  • 1918-02-11 Taytu Betul, Empress of Ethiopia (1889-13) and founder of Addis Ababa, dies at 66 or 67