Today In History- DR Congo Got Her Independence, Michael Phelps Birthday

  30 June 2015
  • On This Day, 1960, DR Congo Got Her Independence

It is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world.

With a population of over 75 million, DR Congo is the fourth most populated nation in Africa and the nineteenth most populated country in the world.


It was on this day; June 30th, 1960 that DR Congo achieved independence from Belgium.

  • Today Is Mike Tyson’s Birthday

Michael Tyson popularly known as ‘iron’ Mike Tyson was born on this day June 30th 1966 in Brooklyn, New York.

Mike Tyson is a retired American professional boxer who holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at just 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old.

He retired from professional boxing in 2006, and till today still considered as one of the best heavyweights of all time.

  • On This Day 1969, Nigeria bans Red Cross aid to Biafra

On June 30th 1969, then leader of the Federal Nigeria, General Yakubu Gowon, refuses to recognize Biafra which declared independence in May 1967 and therefore banned night flights of food aid to Biafra stopping the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from coordinating aid to starving civilians.

  • On This Day 1954, three continents see eclipse of sun

On June 30 1954, millions of people witnessed a total eclipse of the sun as the moon cast its shadow from America through Europe and on to Asia.

The eclipse was seen in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and the longest duration lasted for 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

  • Today Is American Swimmer Michael Phelps’ Birthday

On this day 1985, American popular Swimmer Michael Phelps was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, and won a total of 22 medals during his enviable career.

Michael Phelps has 39 world records, more records than any other swimmer in the history of the sport.


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