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today’s holidsay: Congo National Days (2015)

Congo National Days (2015)

The Republic of the Congo has two historical holidays in addition to its independence day: the assassination of President Marien Ngouabi on March 18, 1977, and the beginning of the civil war on June 5, 1997, which restored President Denis Sassou-Nguesso to power. More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: PATRICE LUMUMBA (1925)

Patrice Lumumba (1925)

Lumumba was an African nationalist leader and the first elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo after it gained independence from Belgium in 1960. The early years of independence were tumultuous, and Lumumba held his position for just weeks before being deposed. He was later executed by firing squad. His death was not officially announced for three weeks, and rumors swirled about US and Belgian involvement. Who had plotted earlier to kill Lumumba with poisoned toothpaste? More… Discuss



New Monkey Found in Congo

A new species of monkey has been identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa. Although the monkey is well known to local hunters, who call it the lesula, it had been unknown to science. Cercopithecus lomamiensis, as it has been named, is similar to its close relative, Cercopithecus hamlyni, the owl-faced monkey, but has different coloring that helped scientists first identify it as a possible new species. The lesula, which inhabits the remote jungles of central Congo, is the just the second new species of monkey found in 28 years. More… Discuss