ON THIS DAY in 1779, Tekle Giyorgis I became Emperor of Ethiopia. He became Emperor of Ethiopia again in 1788, in 1794, in 1795, and in 1800. To have become an emperor once may be regarded as a significant accomplishment, but to become an emperor five times is mere tasteless ostentation.


  1. Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana sneers at his mere five non-consecutive terms as leader of his nation.

  2. Jared says:

    The great thing about Mexican history during the First Republic is that, to be able to identify the holders of about half of the forty-eight presidencies, you need only memorize perhaps half a dozen names. Mexico is to be commended for granting the weary history student this convenience.

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