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Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 115

1484-07-06 - Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão finds the mouth of the Congo River.
1651-02-13 - Flemish missionary Joris van Geel departs to Congo
1732-08-13 - Voltaire's "Zaire," premieres in Paris
1876-09-12 - King Leopold II opens Congo-conference
1876-09-14 - Leopold II closes Congo-conference
1877-08-05 - Henry Morton Stanley's letter in order to aid reaches Boma at Congo
French Enlightenment Philosopher VoltaireFrench Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire 1879-02-10 - Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo
1880-09-10 - Pierre de Brazza signs treaty with King Makoko of Congo
1880-11-21 - Henry Stanley & Pierre de Brazza quarrel about possession of Congo
1881-05-08 - Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolian monarch
1881-08-13 - Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolese monarch
1881-09-24 - Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congo monarch
1881-10-12 - Henry M Stanley signs contract with Congo monarch
1882-12-14 - Henry Morton Stanley returns to Brussels from the Congo
1884-02-26 - British & Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II
1884-04-10 - US Senate accepts Belgian administration of Congo
1884-04-22 - US recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
1884-11-08 - German government recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
1884-12-16 - Great Britain recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
1884-12-19 - Italy recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
1884-12-24 - Austria-Hungary admits King Leopold II's Congo Free State
1884-12-27 - Netherlands recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
1885-02-05 - King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession
1885-02-26 - Congress of Berlin; gives Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to Great Britain
1885-05-02 - Congo Free State formed by King Leopold II of Belgium
1887-06-15 - Stanley's expedition reaches Yambuya waterfalls Congo
1887-12-05 - Stanley's expedition reaches plateau at Lake Albert Congo
1888-04-29 - Old Kavallison, Congo: Henry Morton Stanley meets Emin Pasha
1890-07-03 - King Leopold II gives Congo, previously a private possession, to Belgium
1890-10-03 - Capt Guillaume of Kerckhoven marches into Boma Congo
1892-11-23 - Battle of Lomani Congo: Belgian unit beats Arabs, 1000-3000 killed
1893-03-09 - Congo cannibals killed 1000s of Arabs
1903-05-20 - Britain's House of Commons begins a debate on the charges of poor administration and ill treatment of natives in Belgium's colony in the Congo Free State
1903-06-29 - British government protests against abuses in Belgian Congo
1903-09-19 - King Leopold II denies Belgian cruelty in Congo
1903-12-12 - Roger Casement completes report about abuses in Belgian Congo
1906-06-03 - Belgian King Leopold II claims Congo as his private possession
1906-10-28 - Belgian-British "Union Minière du Haut Katanga" mining company created in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo
1906-12-09 - NY American reports Belgian King Leopold II bribed US Senate commission on the Congo
1906-12-11 - US president Roosevelt attacks abuses in the Congo
1908-01-23 - US & Great Britain demand end of abuses in Congo
1908-08-20 - Congo Free State becomes Belgian Congo
1908-10-18 - Belgium annexes Congo Free State
1908-10-20 - King Leopold II sells Congo to Belgium
1911-11-04 - France & Germany signs treaty about Morocco & Congo
1925-02-12 - E Thieffry departs with Handley Page for the Belgian Congo
1931-07-01 - Trans African Railway in use (Benguela, Angola-Jadotville, Congo)
1948-10-03 - Columbia U reports discovery of uranium in Belgian Congo
1955-05-16 - King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo
1958-11-28 - Congo & Mauritania become autonomous members of French Community
1959-01-13 - King Boudouin promises Belgian Congo independence
1959-11-01 - Patrice Lumumba arrested in Belgian Congo
1960-01-20 - Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo
1960-06-30 - Zaire (formerly Belgian Congo) declares independence from Belgium
1960-07-10 - Belgium sends troops to Congo
1960-07-11 - Moise Tsjombe declares Congolese county Katanga independence
1960-07-12 - Congo, Chad & Central African Republic declare independence
1960-07-18 - 1st UN troops reach Congo
1960-08-08 - South Kasai secedes from the Congo.
1960-08-16 - Republic of Congo (Zaire, Dem Rep of Congo) forms
1960-09-05 - President Kasavubu fires premier Lumumba of Congo
1960-09-14 - Coup under Col Joseph-Desire Mobutu in Congo
1960-11-14 - Belgium threatens to leave UN due to criticism on its policy on Congo
1960-11-27 - Patrice Lumumba flees Leopoldville Congo
1960-12-01 - Patrice Lumumba caught in the Congo
1961-01-17 - Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba
1961-02-09 - Joseph Ileo appointed premier of Congo
1961-04-25 - Premier Moise Tsjombe of Katanga arrested in Congo
1961-06-22 - Moise Tsjombe freed from prison in Congo
1961-08-02 - Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
1961-09-13 - Battles between UN & Katanga troops in Congo
1961-11-11 - Congolese soldiers murder 13 Italian UN pilots
1961-12-27 - Belgium & Congo resume diplomatic relations
1962-12-31 - Katanga becomes part of Democratic Republic of Congo
1964-06-26 - Moise Tsjombe forms government in Congo
1964-06-30 - Last UN troops leave Congo
1964-07-10 - Moise Tsjombe becomes premier of Congo
1964-07-10 - Moïse-Kapenda Tshombé, leader of the Confederation of Tribal Associations of Katanga, becomes the Prime Minister of the Congo
1964-08-05 - Congo rebellion: Christopher Gbenye/Pierre Mulele conquer Stanleyville
1964-10-24 - Dr Kenneth David Kaunda becomes president of Zambia
1964-10-27 - Congo rebel leader Christopher Gbenye holds 60 Americans/800 Belgians
1964-11-24 - Rebellion ends in Zaire
President of Zaire Mobutu Sese SekoPresident of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko 1965-11-24 - Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu becomes President of Zaire
1965-11-25 - Congo milt coup under Gen Mobutu, Pres Kasavubu overthrown
1966-06-30 - Leopoldville Congo is renamed Kinshasa
1966-11-24 - 1st TV station in Congo, Kinshasa (Zaire)
1967-03-13 - Congo sentences ex-premier Moise Tsjombe to death
1967-06-24 - Zaire adopts constitution
1967-07-05 - Congo uprising under Belgian mercenary Jean Schramme
1967-08-14 - Belgian embassy in Kinshasa, Congo, plundered
1969-11-03 - Congo president Mobutu visits Belgium
1970-01-03 - Marxist government takes over in Congo
1970-02-15 - Nationalists disrupt UN session on Congo
1971-10-27 - Republic of Congo-Kinshasa becomes Republic of Zaire
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad AliHeavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali 1974-10-30 - Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in 8th round in Kinshasa Zaire ('The Rumble in the Jungle')
1977-01-17 - Zaire president Mobutu visits Belgium
1978-02-15 - Zaire revises constitution
1979-02-08 - Denis Sassou-Nguesso became the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time.
1979-07-08 - Congo adopts constitution
1989-01-12 - Idi Amin expelled from Zaire

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 25 of 25

1844-06-21 - Ernest F Cambier, Belgian colonial pioneer (1st railway Congo)
1858-01-22 - Frederick Lugard, British captain/baron (Congo)
1875-08-21 - Maurice Lippens, Belgian earl/minister/governor of Congo
1880-09-04 - Leo Bittermieux, Flemish missionary (Congo)
1889-08-24 - Simon Kimbangu/Kibangu, Congo prophet
1898-07-09 - Gerard Walschap, Flemish writer/journalist (Mary, Revolt in Congo)
1910-09-18 - Henri A Cornelis, gov-general Belgian Congo/Rwanda-Urundi
1919-11-10 - Moise Tshombe, pres of Katanga, then premier of the Congo (Zaire)
1925-07-02 - Patrice E Lumumba, Zaire, revolutionary/1st premier of Congo
1925-07-02 - Patrice Emery Lumumba, Katakokombe region of the Kasai Province of Belgian Congo, first Prime Minister of an independent Congo,
1928-07-20 - Charles David Ganao, Djambala, French Equatorial Africa, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo (1996-1997), (d. 2012)
President of Zaire Mobutu Sese SekoPresident of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko (1930-10-14) 1930-10-14 - Joseph-Desire Kuku NWZA Mobutu Sese Seko, President Zaire (1965-97)
1931-11-15 - Pascal Lissouba, Congo politician
1938-07-06 - Franco, Zaire, composer/guitarist/leader (Masumbuku)
1942-10-23 - Michael Crichton, Chicago, novelist (Andromeda Strain, Congo, Looker), (d. 2008)
1946-04-08 - Stuart Pankin, Phila, comedian (Striptease, Congo, Earl-Dinosaurs)
1954-06-14 - Will Patton, Charleston SC, actor (No Way Out, Ballzaire the Cajun)
1955-12-30 - Dindo Yogo, Congolese musician (d. 2000)
1956-12-30 - "Cherie" Samba (Mbimba N'zinga), Zaire painter (Pitie la prostituee)
Novelist Michael CrichtonNovelist Michael Crichton (1942-10-23) 1960-12-29 - Thomas Lubanga, founder and leader of Union of Congolese Patriots
1967-02-02 - Laurent Nkunda, Congolese general
1971-06-04 - Joseph Kabila, Congolese politician
1977-07-20 - Kiki Musampa, Congolese footballer
1980-12-28 - Lomana LuaLua, Congo footballer
1988-04-06 - Fabrice Muamba, Anglo-Congolese footballer

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese SekoPresident of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko (1980-05-01) 1980-05-01 - Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko (49) weds Bobi Ladawa

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 25 of 25

1877-06-03 - Frank Pocock, British explorer, drowned in the Congo
1888-08-17 - James Jameson, British nature investigator (Congo), dies
1891-12-17 - Msiri, ruler of the Garanganze Kingdom, Congo (Katanga), dies in battle against Belgian funded expedition
1891-12-17 - Omer Bodson, Belgian captain, dies in battle against Msiri, ruler of Garanganze Kingdom in the Congo
1892-12-01 - Joseph Lippens, Belgian lieutenant in Congo, murdered
1905-09-04 - Pierre de Braza, founder (French Congo), dies
1905-09-14 - Pietro/Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, 1st French Congo gov (1890-98), die
1909-07-23 - Ernest F Cambier, Bel colonial pioneer (1st Congo railway), dies at 65
1915-02-10 - Albert J-BJ Thijs, Belgian Colonial pioneer (Congo), dies at 65
1916-03-20 - Ota Benga, Congolese pygmy (b. 1884)
1946-09-21 - Leo Bittermieux, Flemish missionary (Congo), dies at 66
1951-10-12 - Simon Kimbangu/Kibangu, Congo prophet, dies in captivity at 62
1954-07-26 - Hans Lodeizen, [Johan Frederik], poet (Travel to Congo), dies at 26
1956-07-12 - Maurice Lippens, Belgian governor of Congo (1921-23), dies at 80
1961-02-11 - Patrice Lumumba, 1st premier Congo, murdered at 34
1961-09-18 - Dag Hammarskjoeld, UN Sect Gen, dies in an air crash over Congo at 56
1968-10-09 - Pierre Mulele, Congolese rebel leader, executed
1969-03-24 - Joseph Kasavubu, president Congo (1960-65), dies at about 55
1969-06-29 - Moise K Tsjombe, premier Congo/Zaire, dies
1989-10-12 - Franco, [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
1993-01-05 - Nyamuisi Muvingi, Zaire minister of Culture, murdered
President of Zaire Mobutu Sese SekoPresident of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko (1997-09-07) 1997-09-07 - Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire (1965-97), dies at 66
2001-01-16 - Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
2009-07-04 - Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard, Congolese politician (b.1938)
2012-07-06 - Charles David Ganao, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, dies at 85


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