Angola, officially the Republic of Angola ' onMouseout='HidePop("16910")' href="/topics/Kimbundu">Kimbundu
North Mbundu, or Kimbundu, one of two Bantu languages called Mbundu is one of the most widely spoken Bantu languages in Angola, concentrated in the north-west of the country, notably in the Luanda Province, the Bengo Province and the Malanje Province...

, Umbundu
South Mbundu, or Umbundu, is a language spoken by the Southern Mbundu people - now generally referred to by the way they call themselves, Ovimbundu - in the central highlands of Angola. Umbundu is the most widespread Bantu language in Angola. About one third of Angola is represented by Ovimbundu...

: Repubilika ya Ngola), is a country in south-central Africa
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 bordered by Namibia
Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia , is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March...

 on the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a state located in Central Africa. It is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world...

 on the north, and Zambia
Zambia , officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. The neighbouring countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west....

 on the east; its west coast is on the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
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 with Luanda
Luanda, formerly named São Paulo da Assunção de Loanda, is the capital and largest city of Angola. Located on Angola's coast with the Atlantic Ocean, Luanda is both Angola's chief seaport and its administrative center. It has a population of at least 5 million...

 as its capital city.

1575    Luanda, the capital of Angola was founded by the Portuguese navigator Paulo Dias de Novais.

1976    The Angolan court sentenced US and UK mercenaries to death sentences and prison terms in the Luanda Trial.

1976    One American and three British mercenaries are executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial.

1976    Angola joins the United Nations.

1991    A rare tropical storm develops in the South Atlantic Ocean near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites.

1991    Bicesse Accords in Angola lay out a transition to multi-party democracy under the supervision of the United Nations' UNAVEM II mission.

1993    A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.

1994    The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war (localized fighting resumes the next year).

2000    A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50.

2000    A chartered Antonov An-24 crashes after takeoff from Luanda, Angola killing more than 40 people.