Ghanaian History

Historical Events

  • 1665-02-27 Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-admiral De Ruyter beats English
  • 1824-01-22 Ashantis defeat British forces in the Gold Coast
  • 1894-02-16 British troops occupy Ilorin, Gold Coast
  • 1897-01-26 Battle at Bida Gold Coast: British troops beat Nupe's army
  • 1897-01-27 British troops occupy Bida Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • 1900-06-23 British Governor Frederick Hodgson and some of his British supporters flee Fort Coomassie, Gold Coast, Africa, where they have been under siege since 6 April
  • 1900-10-04 In a final confrontation, around 4,000 Ashantis are defeated by the British in the Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • 1901-09-26 Great Britain annexes the Ashanti Kingdom and places it under the governor of the Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • 1942-11-08 1st WW II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1951-02-11 Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election in the Gold Coast (Ghana)

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • 1957-03-06 Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957-10-10 US President Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he is refused service in a restaurant in Dover, Delaware

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1960-07-01 Ghana becomes a republic
  • 1960-12-05 Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium
  • 1961-06-27 Ghana imposes a total ban on exports to South Africa and South West Africa
  • 1962-08-01 Failed assassination on President Nkrumah of Ghana

  • 1964-01-02 Failed assassination attempt on President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana
  • 1966-02-24 Coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana
  • 1966-03-03 Kwame Nkrumah flees Ghana to Guinea
  • 1972-01-31 Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
  • 1972-07-09 Kwame Nkrumah, re-buried in Nkroful, Ghana
  • 1972-09-08 Jim Ryan (US) & Billy Fordjour (Ghana) collide & fall in qualifying competitions for 1,500m finals, ending Ryan's chances for gold
  • 1979-09-24 Ghana adopts constitution
  • 1981-12-31 Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution
  • 1983-01-17 Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians
  • 1992-06-15 Ghana Airways inaugurates flights to JFK Airport (NYC)
  • 1993-01-07 The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President.
  • 1993-10-31 25 people killed during Ghana-Ivory Coast soccer match
  • 2001-05-09 Accra Sports Stadium Disaster: 129 Ghanaian football fans die in a stampede caused by the firing of teargas by police following a decision by the referee in a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko
  • 2010-07-02 FIFA World Cup: Ghana, only African team remaining in last 8, are beaten 4-2 on penalties by Uruguay; Netherlands upset Brazil 2-1
  • 2012-07-24 John Dramani becomes President of Ghana after the death of President John Atta Mills
  • 2012-12-09 Incumbent Ghanaian president John Mahama wins the general election amidst allegations of fraud
  • 2013-04-16 16 people are killed after a gold mine collapses in Kyekyewere, Ghana
  • 2015-06-03 200 people are killed by an explosion at a gasoline station in Accra, Ghana

Famous Birthdays

  • 1875-10-18 James E K Aggrey, Ghana, US theologian/educationalist

Person of interestKwame Nkrumah

1909-09-21 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60) and 1st President of Ghana (1960-66), born in Nkroful, Gold Coast (Ghana) (d. 1972)

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • 1944-07-21 John Atta Mills, President of Ghana (2009-2012), born in Tarkwa, Gold Coast (d. 2012)
  • 1947-06-22 Jerry Rawlings, Ghanaian Head of State (1981-93) and President of Ghana (1993-2001), born in Accra, Gold Coast (d. 2020)
  • 1958-09-19 Azumah Nelson, Ghanaian professional boxer, born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1962-11-05 Abédi Pelé, Ghanaian footballer (captain of Ghana National Team), born in Kibi, Eastern Region, Ghana
  • 1966-06-06 Tony Yeboah, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1975-06-09 Otto Addo, Ghanaian German footballer and manager, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1976-12-12 Lloyd Owusu, English-Ghanaian football player, born in Slough, England
  • 1979-08-01 Junior Agogo, Ghanaian footballer, born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1979-12-26 Mzbel [Nana Akua Amoah], Ghanaian singer (16 Years, Saucy Girl), born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1980-09-01 Sammy Adjei, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1980-10-06 Elvis Hammond, Ghanaian footballer (Woking), born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1980-10-24 Matthew Amoah, Ghanaian footballer, born in Tema, Greater Accra, Ghana
  • 1981-03-03 Emmanuel Pappoe, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1982-05-24 Issah Ahmed, Ghanaian football player, born in Dawu, Ghana
  • 1982-07-07 George Owu, Ghanaian footballer, born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1982-12-03 Michael Essien, Ghanaian soccer midfielder (58 caps; Chelsea, Lyon), born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1983-12-10 Habib Mohamed, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1984-08-27 Sulley Muntari, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1985-11-22 Asamoah Gyan, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1989-06-02 Freddy Adu, Ghanaian-American footballer

Famous Deaths

  • 1927-07-13 James E K Aggrey, Ghana/US theologist, dies
  • 1938-04-10 Nana Annor Adjaye, Pan-Africanist, dies in W Nzima Ghana

Person of interestW.E.B. Du Bois

1963-08-27 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist, writer (Souls of Black Folk) and founder of the NAACP, dies at 95 in Accra, Ghana

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois

Person of interestKwame Nkrumah

1972-04-27 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60) and 1st President of Ghana (1960-66), dies at 62

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • 1979-06-16 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian dictator (b. 1931)
  • 1998-01-23 Hilla Limann, president of Ghana in (1979-81), dies
  • 2007-03-20 Hawa Yakubu, Ghanaian politician (b. 1948)
  • 2007-06-27 Patrick Allotey, Ghanaian footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2008-03-06 Peter Poreku Cardinal Dery Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale, Ghana
  • 2008-12-09 Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian football player (b. 1972)
  • 2012-07-24 John Atta Mills, Ghanaian President, dies at 68