Democratic Republic of the Congo in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 1996-11-19 Lieutenant General Maurice Baril of Canada arrives in Africa to lead a multi-national policing force in Zaire
  • 1996-12-10 Rwandan Genocide: Maurice Baril military advisor to the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations recommends the UN multi-national forces in Zaire stand down
  • 1997-01-01 The Republic of Zaïre officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaïre.
  • 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
  • 1998-10-11 A Congo Airlines Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people.
  • 2001-01-16 Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
  • 2002-01-17 Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
  • 2002-12-17 Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years.
  • 2004-08-13 156 Congolese Tutsi refugees massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi
  • 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
  • 2012-03-04 Munitions dump explosions kill at least 250 people in the Republic of Congo
  • 2012-08-21 20 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo die from the Ebola virus
  • 2012-11-30 At least 32 people are killed in a Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane crash in the Congo
  • 2014-04-23 60 people are killed & 80 are injured after a train crashes in The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 2014-08-26 Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry informs the WHO of an outbreak of Ebola; later confirmed as a different strain to that affecting west Africa

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