[Today in History] March 22nd

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CONGO

2014 – 251 shipwreck victims, 109 drowned, 101 missing and only 41 survived following the shipwreck of Congolese refugees returning to Congo, on Lac Albert. 3 days of mourning.

GLOBAL

2016 – 31 dead and 340 wounded (bilan provisoire) in terrorist attacks that hit Belgium, one in Zaventem airport and one in Maelbeek metro station where at least two Congolese, Yves Ciyombo and Sabrina Fazal, died.

[Today in History] December 30th

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CONGO
2013 – an organized group, led by Joseph Mukungubila Mutombo a self-proclaimed prophet, attacked simultaneously the National TV station RTNC and Njili Airport in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Kindu

BIRTHDAYS
1955 – Dindo Yogo, Congolese musician (d. 2000)
1956 – Samba wa Mbimba N’zingo Nuni Masi Ndo Mbasi aka Chéri Samba, internationally recognized painter, is born in Kinto M’Vuila
1980 – Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Double NBA champion with the L.A. Lakers, is born in Kinshasa