Today In History: How Nigeria Ordered 1 Million Ghanaians Out Of Their Country In 1983; And How This Led To The Fame Of The ‘Ghana Must Go Bag’

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Exactly 38 Years ago on 17th January 1983, Nigeria expelled two million undocumented West African migrants, half of whom were from Ghana. The President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari issued an executive order mandating immigrants without proper immigration documents to leave the country or they would be arrested according to the law. The order was in … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 57 Years Ago Today, Ako-Adjei And Others Were Tried For The Kulungugu Bombing That Nearly Killed Kwame Nkrumah

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On 1 August 1962, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah escaped a bomb assassination attempt on his life at Kulungugu in the Upper East Region. READ ALSO: You Are Regina Daniels’ Grandmother But She Is Wiser Than You – Social Media User Trolls Tracey Boakye Following the attempt on President Kwame Nkrumah’s life in Kulungugu, three of … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 194 Years Ago Today, The People Of Accra Defeated The Mighty Asante Army In The Battle Of Katamanso

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In What is recorded in history as the Empire of Asante’s most fatal war since its formation, the battle of Katamanso proved that even the mighty Asante kingdom was not invincible. READ ALSO: I Won’t Have S*x With Moesha Even If She Offers It for Free – Counsellor Lutterodt The Asantehene Nana Osei Yaw Akoto … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 58 Years Ago Today, Kwame Nkrumah Survived A Deadly Bomb Attack In Kulungugu

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Exactly 58 Years ago today, Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah survived a brutal bomb attack in Kulungugu in the Bawku District while returning from the Upper Volta (Burkina Faso). READ ALSO: Shatta Wale Taught Me A Lesson, I’ve Seen that Accra Men Are Liars – Shatta Michy On August 1st, 1962, the President … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 6 Years Ago Today, Castro And Janet Bandu Disappeared After A Jet Ski Accident

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 Six Years ago on 6 July 2014, Popular Ghanaian hiplife musician, Theophilus Tagoe popularly known as Castro disappeared with Miss Janet Bandu at the Ada Estuary whiles on holiday with the Gyan brothers and friends. The pair were reported to have drowned following a jet ski accident in Ada Estuary while on holiday. The jet ski … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 10 Years Ago Today, Luis Suarez And Asamoah Gyan Denied Ghana And Africa A Semi-Final Appearance

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On July 2, 2010, at The Soccer City Stadium in Soweto, nobody would have predicted the spectacle that was to follow. Ghana and of course Africa were so near to the semi-finals, yet Luis Suarez and Asamoah Gyan somehow connived to ensure that this was still but a distant dream. After a decade, the 2010 … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 38 Years Ago Today, 3 Ghanaian High Court Judges Were Murdered In Cold Blood

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Exactly 38 years ago on 30 June 1982, three High Court Judges as well as a retired army officer were murdered in cold blood at the Bundase Military Range in the Accra Plains, after being abducted on the night by some unidentified assailants. The four were Mrs Justice Cecilia Koranteng-Addo, Mr Justice Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong, … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 37 Years Ago, An Abortive Coup Nearly Toppled The PNDC Government Of J.J Rawlings

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Exactly 37 years ago, on 19 June 1983, Corporal Carlos Halidu Giwa led a group of rebels in an unsuccessful attempted coup d’etat which came very close to overthrowing the ruling Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) led by Flt. Lt Jerry John Rawlings. On 19 June 1983, rebel soldiers, based in Togo, attacked two prisons in … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 76 Years Ago Today, 14-Year-Old Black American, George Stinney Was Put To Death For A Crime He Did Not Commit, Only To Be Exonerated 70 Years Later

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On June 16, 1944, George Stinney Jr., a ninety-pound, black, fourteen-year-old boy, was executed in the electric chair in Columbia, South Carolina. Three months earlier, on March 24, George and his sister were playing in their yard when two young white girls briefly approached and asked where they could find flowers. Hours later, the girls … Read more

Today In History: Former Head Of State, General I.K Acheampong Executed By Firing Squad On This Day In 1979

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Exactly 41 years ago today, Ghana’s former Head Of State, General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong was executed by firing squad after he had been convicted of squandering government funds. The 47-year-old former army general, who ruled the country for more than six years, stood trial before a revolutionary court set up by a group of junior … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 22 Years Ago Today, Nigeria’s Authoritative Head Of State, General Sanni Abacha Dies Of Heart Attack

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On June 8 1998, Gen. Sani Abacha, 54, the reclusive Nigerian who drew worldwide condemnation for his authoritarian rule over Africa’s most populous nation, reportedly of a heart attack. For a man who spent years on the world political stage, Gen. Abacha died a remarkable unknown, even in his own country. He appeared infrequently in … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 41 Years Ago Today, The June 4th Uprising Occurred

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Exactly 41 years ago on June 4th, 1979, Ghana’s history was to be changed forever as a massive revolution occurred, freeing Jerry John Rawlings from a death sentence and changing the dynamics of Ghanaian politics quite significantly. Earlier on May 15th, 1979, Rawlings had led a group of junior army officers in an attempted overthrow … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 5 Years Ago Today, Ghana Witnessed One Of Its Most Devastating Tragedies – The June 3rd Disaster

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On June 3, 2015, Ghana woke up to one of its worst natural disasters. A day described as the ‘saddest’ in its history. What started the night before as a heavy downpour at the center of the country’s capital, the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, was aggravated after a nearby fuel station exploded in the downpour, leaving … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 67 Years Ago Today, Elizabeth II Was Crowned As Queen Of The United Kingdom

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On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was formally crowned monarch of the United Kingdom in a lavish ceremony steeped in traditions that date back a millennium. A thousand dignitaries and guests attended the coronation at London’s Westminster Abbey, and hundreds of millions listened on the radio and for the first time watched the proceedings … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 57 Years Ago Today, The OAU Is Established After Instrumental Efforts By Dr Kwame Nkrumah

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The Organisation of African Unity (OAU), established on 25 May 1963, was the culmination of a number of diverse and far-reaching historical currents and political trends both on the African continent and abroad.  Of particular import to the ideological formation of the OAU was the late 19th century Pan-Africanist movement which emerged in the United … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 41 Years Ago On May 15 1979, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings Was Arrested And Sentenced To Death After A Failed Coup

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Exactly 41 years ago on May 15 1979, a youthful and exuberant J.J Rawlings Staged his first coup as a young and energetic revolutionary, almost five weeks before scheduled elections to return Ghana to civilian rule. On the morning of the day of the coup d’état, there was an exchange of fire between the coup … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 39 Years Ago Today, Legendary Reggae Musician Bob Marley Passed Away

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Born Nesta Robert Marley, Bob Marley is considered to be the greatest all-time Reggae musician. He was born on 6 February 1945 at the farm of his maternal grandfather in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, to Norval Sinclair Marley and Cedella Malcolm. In 1955, when Bob Marley was 10 years old, his father died … Read more

Today In History: Nelson Mandela Is Sworn In As First Black President Of South Africa On This Day 1994

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, born in 1918, was the son of the chief of the Xhosa-speaking Tembu people. Instead of succeeding his father as chief, Mandela went to university and became a lawyer. In 1944, he joined the African National Congress (ANC), a black political organization dedicated to winning rights for the black majority in white-ruled … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 19 Years Ago Today, The Accra Stadium Disaster Occured Taking 127 Lives

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The Accra Sports Stadium disaster occurred at the Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra, Ghana on May 9, 2001. It took the lives of 126 people, making it the worst stadium disaster to have ever taken place in Africa. What was supposed to be a football game between Ghana’s two most glamorous and successful clubs turned into … Read more

Today In History: Atlanta Pharmacist John Pemberton Invents The World Famous Beverage ‘Coca-Cola’

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The product that has given the world its best-known taste was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. Dr John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola, and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs’ Pharmacy, where it was sampled, pronounced “excellent” and placed on sale for … Read more

Today In History: Exactly 70 Years Ago Today, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Was Born

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Exactly 70 years ago on 6 May 1950, Nana Barima Kwaku Duah, the third son and youngest of the five children (three sons and two daughters) of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa (Queen-mother of the Ashanti) was born. Otumfuo Osei Tutu was named after his paternal grandfather, Ohenenana Kwaku Duah (Nana Agari), Brahyiahene, … Read more

Today In History: Leader Of Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden Killed By US Forces

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On May 1, 2011 (May 2 in Pakistani Time), Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, is killed by U.S. forces during a raid on his compound hideout in Pakistan. The notorious, 54-year-old leader of Al Qaeda, the terrorist network of Islamic extremists, had been the target … Read more

Today In History: Adolf Hitler Commits Suicide In His Underground Bunker

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On April 30, 1945, holed up in a bunker under his headquarters in Berlin, Adolf Hitler commits suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the head. Soon after, Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allied forces, ending Hitler’s dreams of a “1,000-year” Reich. Adolf Hitler was a German politician and leader of the … Read more

Today In History: Legendary Boxer Muhammad Ali Refuses To Be Inducted Into The United States Army

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On April 28, 1967, boxing champion Muhammad Ali refuses to be inducted into the U.S. Army and is immediately stripped of his heavyweight title. Ali, a Muslim, cited religious reasons for his decision to forgo military service. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 14, 1942, the future three-time world champ changed … Read more

Today In History: Death Of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah

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On April 27, 1972, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and a great Pan-Africanist died in Bucharest, Romania after six years in exile in Guinea far away from his birthplace of Nkroful at the age of 62. Dr Kwame Nkrumah, arguably one of Africa’s greatest and finest sons, was pivotal in the establishment … Read more