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Born: 23 July 1892 Ejersa Goro, Harar
Died: 27 August 1975, Addis Abbaba
Cause of death: Contentious. Either respiratory failure or Assassination.
Notable because: Father of Rastafarianism. Guru to Bob Marley and much of Jamaica who believed him to be a very holy chap. The Lion of Judah. Spent years in exile in the UK, living for a period at 7 Riverbank in Hampton Court.
Haile Selassie I born Tafari Makonnen, was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of EthiopiaKing Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Haile Selassie is a defining figure in both EthiopianAfrican history. and from 1930 to 1974. The heir to a dynasty that traced its origins to the 13th century, and from there by tradition back to
He is the religious symbol for God incarnate among the Rastafari movement, which numbers approximately 600,000. The Rastafari also call Haile Selassie HIM, Jah, Ras Tafari and Jah Rastafari.
His suppressing of rebellions among the nobles (mekwannint), as well as what some perceived to be Ethiopia's failure to modernize adequately, earned him criticism among some contemporaries and historians.
At the League of Nations in 1936, the Emperor's protest of the use of chemical weapons against his people foreshadowed not only the worldwide conflict that was to come, but also the advent of the technological "refinement of barbarism" that would come to mark modern warfare. Haile Selassie was a gifted speaker, and some of his speeches have been counted among the most memorable of the twentieth century. His internationalist views led to Ethiopia's becoming a charter member of the United Nations, and his political thought and experience in promoting multilateralism and collective security have proved seminal and enduring.
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