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Month summary: Emperor Haileselassie went into exile, Professor Asrat Woldeyes died, Mengistu Hailemariam fled to Zimbabwe, the Organization of African Unity was founded, Emperor Haile Selassie addressed a joint session of the US congress and the EPRDF came to power.


02 MAY 1936:

Emperor Haileselassie went into exile on this day after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia on 3 October 1935.

05 MAY 1941:

Emperor Haileselassie returned to Addis Ababa on 5 May 1941 after Italy was defeated. Ethiopian patriots liberated Addis Ababa on 6 May 1941 and this victory officially ended Italian occupation abruptly ending Fascist Italy's attempts to colonize Ethiopia. This particular victory was realized as a result of the world-famous swift resistance by Ethiopian patriots.

14 MAY 1999:
Professor Asrat Woldeyes died on this day. He was the first Ethiopian surgeon and the first Dean of the Medical Faculty at Addis Ababa University, of which he was a co-founder. He worked very hard along with his few Ethiopian colleagues to create the first medical school in the country. This medical school came into being in 1965 and it has been producing hundreds of medical graduates every year since its opening. He was also Emperor Haileselassie's physician for many years.

Apart from his pioneering achievements as the country's first surgeon, Professor Asrat is widely known for his courageous attempts to bring about a truly democratic political system in Ethiopia in the face of systematic crackdown on the part of the current government. Soon after the EPRDF came to power in 1991, Professor Asrat founded a political party as an opposition to the government with the purpose of bringing about unity and to abolish the policy of ethnic federalism, which the EPRDF introduced to the Ethiopian constitution.

21 MAY 1991:

Mengistu Hailemariam fled to Zimbabwe on this day after it became apparent that EPRDF rebels closed in on the capital Addis Ababa ending his 17-year socialist regime.

25 MAY 1963:

The Organization of African Unity was founded in Addis Ababa on this day. Emperor Haileselassie initiated and presided over the establishment of the organization and successfully advocated for Addis Ababa to the headquarters of the union.

25 APRIL 505 A.D:
Saint Yared was born on this day. He was the creator of hymn, a type of religious song specifically written for the purpose of praise and prayer in the ancient Ethiopian language of Geez. He was the first to introduce poetry and the first to write musical notes and to use musical instruments to supplement his hymns. His musical compositions are a testament to his talent as an unparalleled composer, writer and poet.

26 MAY 1954:
Emperor Haileselassie addressed a joint session of the US congress following a formal welcoming ceremony by President John F. Kennedy during the emperor’s second official visit to the United States.

28 MAY 1991:
The EPRDF came to power toppling the Mengistu Hailemariam regime after decades of war and having facilitated Eritrea’s separation from Ethiopia.


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