[Today in History] November 24th


1964 – Rebellion ends in Zaire

1965 – Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu becomes President of Zaire; Congo milt coup under Gen Mobutu, Pres Kasavubu overthrown

1966 – 1st TV station in Congo, Kinshasa (Zaire)

[Today in History] June 30th


1960 – Belgian Congo declares independence from Belgium and becomes the Republic of Congo

1964 – Last UN troops leave Congo

1966 – Léopoldville is renamed Kinshasa


1960 – Joseph Ilunga Kankolongo aka Lelimba wa Kutshila, lead singer of traditional music band of Kasayi Bayuda du Congo, is born in Kananga, West Kasayi

[Today in History] June 25th



1991 – On his supposedly 25th birthday, Dikembe Mutombo is drafted on the 4th round by the NBA Denver Nuggets
2015 – Emmanuel Mudiayi is drafted on the 7th round by the NBA Denver Nuggets.


1966 – Jean-Jacques Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba wa Mutombo, former NBA player, is born in Kinshasa. There is a doubt about his birth year though.

[Today in History] June 1st



1982 – Ngalula Mbuyi aka Junior, football player, is born in Kinshasa


1966 – Évariste Kimba Mutombo, Prime Minister of Congo and opposant to Mobutu, is executed in Kinshasa