9: Zairian rebels push into Lubumbashi, and President Mobutu Sese Seko turns to the military in an attempt to maintain his slipping hold on power.
Supporters of former prime minister Etienne Tshisekedi organize a protest in Kinshasa.
Mobutu's regime is crumbling in the face of the rebellion and decades of government corruption.
27: U.S. envoy Bill Richardson is dispatched to mediate the conflict.
1: Kabila and Mobutu meet as rebel forces move toward Kinshasa.
17: Switzerland freezes Mobutuís assets reportedly worth $4 billion.
17: Mobutu cedes power and flees Kinshasa.
18: Rebels enter Kinshasa with little resistance.
19: Kabila's forces consolidate power and some Mobutu supporters are killed.
22: Kabila's alliance changes Zaire's name to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
25: Kabila declares himself president and bans all politics, but promises elections in 1999.
27: Kabila arrests opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, sparking protests.
28: Kabila releases Tshisekedi.
9: Rwandan Defense Minister Paul Kagame claims that the Zairian rebellion was orchestrated by Rwandan Tutsis. Kabila denies the claims.
12: U.N. is given a report alleging that Kabila's forces massacred Rwandan Hutu refugees.
7: Mobutu dies in Morocco.
9: Fighting flares in eastern Congo.
1: United Nations recalls key massacre probe members in first of several problems with Kinshasa government over access to sites.
10: Renewed violence grips eastern Congo.
14: War in neighboring Congo Republic spills over as rockets fall on Kinshasa, which lies across the Congo River from Brazzaville.
26: Kabila, U.N. strike a deal in inquiry on refugee massacre.
5: A commission is launched to draft a new constitution.
24 Kabila broadens his government, bringing in two opposition figures as deputy ministers.
29: Rival army units clash in Kinshasa, killing at least 18 soldiers.
10: Fighting erupts in eastern town of Bukavu as Mai-Mai warriors, who fought with Kabila against Mobutu, revolt.
13: U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright presses Kabila to honor human rights, promises economic aid.