Republic of the Congo in History

Historical Events

  • 1905-08-29 Pierre de Brazza leaves Brazzaville
  • 1940-08-28 French colonies Cameroon/Congo-Brazzaville support Gen De Gaulle
  • 1960-08-15 Congo (formerly Congo/Brazzaville) declares Independence from France
  • 1963-08-15 Fulbert Youlou resigns as President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • 1963-12-20 Massemba-Debate elected President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • 1969-12-31 Congo-Brazzaville becomes People's republic, under major Ngouabi
  • 1979-02-08 Denis Sassou-Nguesso became the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time.
  • 1993-07-16 President Lissouba calls emergency rule in Congo-Brazzaville
  • 1994-08-12 Panic in church of Brazzaville: 142 killed
  • 1997-08-16 The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1997-10-25 After a brief civil war which has driven President Pascal Lissouba out of Brazzaville, Denis Sassou-Nguesso proclaims himself the President of the Republic of the Congo.
  • 1998-10-11 A Congo Airlines Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people.
  • 2002-01-17 Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
  • 2005-12-05 The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 2010-07-02 Oil tanker truck explosion in South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, kills at least 230 people
  • 2012-08-21 20 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo die from the Ebola virus
  • 2014-04-23 60 people are killed & 80 are injured after a train crashes in The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Famous Birthdays

  • 1928-07-20 Charles David Ganao, Djambala, French Equatorial Africa, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo (1996-1997), (d. 2012)

Famous Deaths

  • 1977-03-18 Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
  • 2001-01-16 Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
  • 2012-07-06 Charles David Ganao, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, dies at 85