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