|June 30 1960. Congo obtains independence after 75 years of Belgian colonial rule (including Leopold's Congo Free State)|
|June 17, 1960 - Governor General Cornelis addresses Congolese politicians.|
Kasavubu 3rd from left, Lumumba 2nd from right.
|June 24, 1960 - Lumumba's first government on Parliament grounds.|
Lumumba center left in bow tie, Mobutu 5th from right in sun glasses.
|June 25, 1960 - Lumumba, Resident Minister Ganshoff Van derMeersch and Kasavubu at an official dinner.|
|June 29, 1960 - Lumumba and Kasavubu receive King Baudouin at Ndjili Airport|
|June 29, 1960 - A celebrant grabs Baudouin's sword during the parade through town.|
Mwana Mboka and father (in white shirt) observing at right of motor cycle helmet.
|June 30, 1960 - Baudouin, Kasavubu and Lumumba arrive at the Monument to Leopold II in front of Parliament.|
|June 30, 1960 - Police maintain the crowd in front of Parliament.|
|June 30, 1960 - The crowd around Parliament.|
|June 30, 1960 - Baudouin's speech to Parliament. Kasavubu seated at his left.|
Note Lumumba (far left) rewriting his speech in response to the King's patronizing remarks.
|June 30, 1960 - Lumumba addresses Parliament. The speech, which denounced Belgian colonialism, nearly provoked an international incident. Lumumba later offered more conciliatory remarks and the crisis was averted.|
|June 30, 1960 - Independence festivities in Stade Baudouin (now Stade Tata Raphael).|
|June 30, 1960 - Revelers dancing in a Leopoldville bar. Blackboard behind guitarist says "OK Jazz"|
|June 30, 1960 - Fireworks over Parliament.|