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Democratic Republic of Congo Independence Day Democratic Republic of Congo Independence Day June 30

The Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) gained independence from Belgium on this day in 1960. It had been a Belgian colony since 1907, and powerful movements had struggled for self-rule since the 1950s. The people celebrated the first independence day with fireworks and bonfires in the capital city of LÉopoldville (now Kinshasa).