Ethiopian Timeline By JoshhsoJ Mar 25, 1924 Slavery Abolished Slavery was abolished by edict in Ethiopia. Oct 3, 1935 Italy invades Ethiopia Italians invaded the counrtry, wanting control. May 19, 1996 Bacterial Meningitis spread. Many Ethiopians died, along with other African people, because of the "meningitis belt". Dec 5, 2002 Kenyan, and Ethiopian Leaders Meet with President Bush. Meeting at the white house to discuss AIDS. Oct 5, 2009 Ethiopian President announces Economic Growth Ethiopian president announces to Parliament that the government is aiming for economic growth set in the double-digits. Mar 25, 2011 Six hijackers seize Ethiopian Plane. These hijackers wanted to raise awareness of the current Economy.