He became the emperor of the country in 1930 and held the title for six years before losing it for the next five. Emperor Haile Selassie regained the throne in 1941 and remained the leader until 1974. He had lost the throne when Italy decided it wanted to invade Ethiopia, as European countries always do, in 1935. After the illegal Italian invasion and occupation, Emperor Selassie attempted to fight to win his land back. The Italians had a far superior army, so it was very difficult to gain ground. The Italians were also used chemical weapons on the citizens of Ethiopia, which was banned under the Geneva Conventions. In addition, they bombed hospitals formed by the Red Cross. The emperor was forced into exile, but was able to return after British and Ethiopian troops defeated the Italian army. Emperor Selassie was taken down as leader in 1974 and a year later, he died. Selassie is said to have died from complications of a surgery, but many believe he was suffocated while he slept.