July 23, 1892 — Haile Selassie I born

Born Tafari Makonnen, Haile Selassie I could trace his descent through the royal house of Ethiopia back the 13th century CE, and beyond that, to legendary claims of being the descendant of King Solomon of Israel and the Queen of Sheba. He ruled Ethiopia from 1916 until 1972 (as Regent until 1930, and as Emperor thereafter) and was one of the most respected statesman in the world – and also venerated as the Messiah by Rastafarians.

He was a staunch opponent of the Axis powers in World War Two, and was famously the first leader to return to his liberated nation after the invaders were repulsed. He led Ethiopia into the League of Nations and later the United Nations, and was a strong proponent of multilateralism and of the prosecution of war crimes.

Haile Selassie in full dress (cropped).jpg
By unknown; according to <a rel=”nofollow” class=”external autonumber” href=”http://www.icollector.com/Haile-Selassie_i13825459″>[1]</a> and <a rel=”nofollow” class=”external autonumber” href=”http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/651135″>[2]</a> an official portrait of which b/w copies were distributed by the Ethiopian government – <a rel=”nofollow” class=”external free” href=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/394416879836603435/”>http://www.pinterest.com/pin/394416879836603435/</a> (via <a rel=”nofollow” class=”external free” href=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/55169164157483842/”>http://www.pinterest.com/pin/55169164157483842/</a>). Original source unknown., Public Domain, Link

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July 23, 1979 — Ayatollah Khomeini bans western music from Iran

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 was a decisive turn against Western influences, and a new, theocratic constitution that effectively made Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini dictator for life as part of a return to Islamic values. Among these was the banning of almost all Western culture, including most modern music. (With the exception of some music by Queen – the late great Freddie Mercury was of Persian descent, after all.)

Khomeini is gone now, but the bans remain in place.

Ruhollah Khomeini in Jamaran.jpg
By Jamaran – http://www.imam-khomeini.ir/fa/, Public Domain, Link

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