This Day in History: 1961-01-17

Patrice Lumumba, the First democratically-elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was assassinated 70  years ago today, on January 17, 1961.

This heinous crime was a culmination of two inter-related assassination plots by American and Belgian governments, which used Congolese accomplices and a Belgian execution squad to carry out the deed.

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