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, some 4000 Ashantis are defeated by the British in 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)

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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

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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 Ghanian 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
  • 2001-05-10 In Ghana, a stampede at a football game kills over 120 spectators.
  • 2010-07-02 FIFA World Cup: Ghana's Black Stars, the only African team standing in the Quarter Finals of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, are defeated by Uruguay
  • 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

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

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • 1929-04-22 Victoria Opoku-Ware, Ghanaian queen
  • 1944-07-21 John Atta Mills, Tarkwa, Gold Coast (Ghana), President of Ghana (2009-2012), (d. 2012)
  • 1947-06-22 Jerry Rawlings, former President of Ghana
  • 1957-10-10 Craig Marseilles, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Gold Coast), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1958-09-19 Azumah Nelson, Ghanaian boxer
  • 1962-11-05 Abédi Pelé, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1966-06-06 Tony Yeboah, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1969-02-06 Anna Acker-Macosko, Marshfield WI, LPGA golfer (1995 Gold Coast Tour)
  • 1975-06-09 Otto Addo, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1976-12-12 Lloyd Owusu, English/Ghanaian football player
  • 1979-08-01 Junior Agogo, Accra, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1979-12-26 Mzbel, Ghanaian singer
  • 1980-09-01 Sammy Adjei, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1980-10-10 Elvis Hammond, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1980-10-24 Matthew Amoah, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1981-03-03 Emmanuel Pappoe, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1981-05-01 Derek Asamoah, Ghanaian Footballer
  • 1982-05-24 Issah Ahmed, Ghana football player
  • 1982-07-07 George Owu, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1982-12-03 Michael Essien, Ghanaian footballer
  • 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

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1963-08-27 W E B Du Bois, scholar/founder (NAACP), dies at 95 in Accra Ghana

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

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1972-04-27 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60 and 1st President 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