Yohannes IV King

Birthday July 11, 1837
Birthplace Ethiopia
Death Date Mar 10, 1889 (age 51)
Birth Sign Cancer


Ethiopian royalty who served as the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1871 until his death in 1889. He is remembered for his long and bloody squabbles with Ottoman Egypt and Sudan. 

Before Fame

He was born in the Tigray province of Ethiopia.


His full official title was His Imperial Majesty John IV, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Zion, King of Kings of Ethiopia and Elect of God.

Family Life

His son, Haile Selassie Gugsa, ruled over eastern Tigray beginning in April 1932.

Associated With

He and explorer Wilfred Thesiger both lived in Ethopia back when it was still named Abyssinia.


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