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Why is HM Charles II listed as crown on the 23rd of April 1661 by 'today's event's on the Wikipedia?

(Is it one of the ways of adjusting for the calendar change, or what?)


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I'm guessing MB wouldn't have got this one. Apologies if wrong. Monarchist connection? Near the end of a fairly long piece, just above the "other tributes", scroll if you get impatient.

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I'm guessing MB wouldn't have got this one. Apologies if wrong. Monarchist connection? Near the end of a fairly long piece, just above the "other tributes", scroll if you get impatient.

Quite Interesting.


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May 5th

On this day in 1941, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia returned to his capital Addis Ababa five years to the day from when it was occupied by the troops of Fascist Italy. 

When the British Imperial troops (largely South Africans and Nigerians) under General Cunningham took Addis Ababa after the Italian viceroy Prince Amadeo Duke of Aosta abandoned it in mid April, they had hung the British flag over the Imperial palace, so most of the residents of the city had ignored the event as a mere switch from one European occupier for another.  Cunningham ordered racial segregation in the city, and tried to prevent the Emperor and his forces who were still fighting their way towards the capital from the west, from entering the city.  Cunningham, and indeed most British colonial authorities in Africa wanted to add Ethiopia to the British Empire and did not want to see an independent monarch restored on the throne of Solomon.  They also argued that if Haile Selassie and the Ethiopian guerilla troops were allowed into the city, there would be a blood bath as Ethiopians took reprisals against Italian residents for the massacres that the Fascists had carried out in the city in 1936.  However, Winston Churchill being a man of his word, and a devoted monarchist insisted on the Emperor being respected and his sovreignity protected.  While this debate raged among the British officials, the news of the Emperor's approach spread in Addis Ababa.  Many skeptics were heard to say that it was probably an imposter in the pay of the British.  They would believe it only when they saw his face they said.  The Emperor arrived at St Mary's church on Mount Entoto in the wee hours of May 5th and attended a Thanksgiving Mass.  Following mass, thousands of guerilla troops under their various leaders began to arrive in the city and lined the streets much to the consternation of the British authorities, while their leaders went to St. Mary's to kiss the ground before the Emperor in formal submission.  Seeing the masses of Ethiopian guerillas entering the city finally got the population excited and crowds began to assemble on the main road from the base of Mt. Entoto to the Imperial Palace.  My grandmother told me how she and others were straining to catch a glimpse of the man as he entered the city, just to see if it really was the Emperor.  I have also seen old film footage of the event.  Brigadier Orde Wingate, who led the British forces accompanying the Emperor and his Ethiopian troops  brought a white horse for the Emperor to ride into the city at the head of his army, but the Emperor told Wingate that he should ride the horse, and the Emperor would enter the city behind him in an open car.  It was a singular honor for Wingate.  As the Emperor came into view, and the people saw that it really was Haile Selassie I who was entering the city, the restoration of Ethiopian independence became real for the first time for them.  Men began to cheer and women began to ulultate.  The throngs threw themselves down and kissed the ground as the Emperor's car passed and then turned to heaven and stretched up their hands as they wept with joy.  67 years later, the old black and white footage of this event is still very moving.  My grandmother said that after the Emperor passed and she and her mother raised themselves from kissing the ground, they clung to each other and wept for her three older brothers who had been executed by the Italians in 1936 along with the many other freinds and relatives. 

Haile Selassie entered the Imperial Palace, gave General Cunningham the Order of the Star of Ethiopia, and then in his first address to his people, asked them not to carry out any reprisals against the Italians, but to show the world the true spirit of civilization and in compliance with the injunction of Christ, to forgive their enemy.  Not a single Italian was harmed.  The British flag was then lowered and the Imperial Flag of Ethiopia was raised over the Palace amid the cheers and the tears of thousands.

May 5th is celebrated in Ethiopia as Victory Day, and is a national holiday.

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"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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God save the memory of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia!

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Thanks for that moving summary.  I'm glad to know that Winston Churchill acted more honorably towards the Emperor of Ethiopia than he did towards the King of Yugoslavia.  I wonder what made the difference for him...
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Royalcello, that is an interesting question.  Perhaps the difference was Stalin's interest in the Balkans, and Churchill may have deemed it usefull to sacrifice Yugoslavia in order to keep Greece out of the orbit of Moscow.  I doubt that Stalin had much use for an African foothold at that time, and certainly Churchill was mindful of the dismal record that the pre-War British government in relation to Haile Selassie and the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1936.  Perhaps the Prime Minister also realized the propoganda value of declaring the first country to be occupied by an Axis power to be the first to be liberated.  The Emperor had also used his years in exile in Bath making very useful contacts with important circles in the British establishment, particularly with anti-fascists who were so influencial with Churchill.


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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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