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Zog I, King of the Albanians

Zog I, King of the Albanians

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  • Name Zog I 
    Suffix King of the Albanians 
    Born 8 Oct 1895  Albania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Born Ahmet Muhtar Zogolli. 
    Also Known As In 1922, he changed his surname from Zogolli to Zogu, which sounds more Albanian. 
    Biographical Information 16 Jun 1929 
    King Zog experiences health issues. 
    King Zog Was Dumb.
    King Zog Was Dumb.
    The Decatur Herald, Decater, Illinois, Tuesday, July 16, 1929, page 6, the Herald's "Page of Interpretation and Opinion" (editorial page).
    Military Service During the First World War, Zogolli volunteered on the side of Austria-Hungary. 
    Occupation King of Albania. 
    New Plot Against The Life Of King Zog.
    New Plot Against The Life Of King Zog.
    Maryville (Missouri) Daily Forum, Monday February 23, 1931 page 1.
    Albanians Battle Italian Invaders.
    Albanians Battle Italian Invaders.
    Portsmouth (Ohio) Daily Times, Friday, April 7, 1939 page 1.
    King Zog Seeks Refuge in Greece.
    King Zog Seeks Refuge in Greece.
    Albany Democrat-Herald (Albany, Oregon)Saturday, April 8th, 1939, page one.
    Italians Invade Albania.
    Italians Invade Albania.
    Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, Saturday, April 8. 1939 page 15.
    King Zog Gives Greece Support.
    King Zog Gives Greece Support.
    The Evening Independent, Massillon, Ohio, Wednesday, November 27_ 1940, page 14.
    Zog I, King of the Albanians - Husband of my 7th cousin 4 times removed.
    Zog I, King of the Albanians - Husband of my 7th cousin 4 times removed.
    Under President Zogu Albania was a police state. Civil liberties were suppressed. The press was limited as to what could be reported and, political opponents were murdered. The constitution gave Zogu sweeping executive and legislative powers, including the right to appoint one-third of the upper house. He held all governing power in the nation.

    On September 1, 1928, Albania was transformed into a kingdom. President Zogu became Zog I, King of the Albanians. He chose to take his regal name from his surname rather than his Islamic first name in an attempt to better fit into Europe.

    He survived so many assassination attempts that it's difficult to come up with an accurate number. On 7 April 1939, just two days after Zog's son and heir apparent was born, Mussolini's Italian Army invaded, facing no significant resistance. The Royal Family fled to London to live in exile. They took with them a considerable amount of gold from the National Bank.

    Albania's Communist government abolished the monarchy in 1946, but, even in exile, the royal family insisted that Zog's son Leka Zogu was Albania's legitimate ruler until his death on November 30, 2011.
    Died 9 Apr 1961  Paris, Īle-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    King Zog Obituary
    King Zog Obituary
    The Sun, San Bernardino County, California, Monday, April 10, 1961, section A, page 3.
    Buried Cemetery Thiais, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    King Zog I Grave Site.
    King Zog I Grave Site.
    King Zog I Grave Site.
    Person ID I23740  Nagel
    Last Modified 24 Oct 2016 

    Family Geraldine Apponyi,   b. 6 Aug 1915, Budapest, Hungary Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 2002, Albania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 27 Apr 1938  Albania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    King Zog Engaged.
    King Zog Engaged.
    Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico) March 11, 1938, page nine.
    A King To Marry Tomorrow.
    A King To Marry Tomorrow.
    The Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, Tuesday, April 26, 1938 page 3.
    King Zog Will Marry Today.
    King Zog Will Marry Today.
    The Danville Morning News, Danville, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, April 27, 1938, page one.
    King Zog I Wedding.
    King Zog I Wedding.
    King Zog I Wedding.
    Children 
    +1. Leka I, King of Albania,   b. 5 Apr 1939, Albania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 2011, Albania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 25 Oct 2016 
    Family ID F7715  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart