Saturday, October 24

Today In History

Today in History: 11 years ago today Ghana became World Champions
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Today in History: 11 years ago today Ghana became World Champions

Today in history eleven years ago Ghana became World Champions after the Black Satellites won the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt. They won the tournament in the Cairo International Stadium, after defeating Brazil 4-3 on Penalties when the match ended (0-0) after extra time. The first time an African country won the FIFA U-20 World Cup Championship. Prior to the satellites winning the gong, the had won the African Youth Champions, on three occasions in 1995, 1999, 2009 and a two-time Runner-up at the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1993, 2001 and finished third in 2013. Ghana has participated in only six of the past 19 World Cup events starting with their first in Australia 1993 where they lost the World Cup final 1-2 to Brazil in Sydney and in Argentina 2001 where...
Today in History: Ebenezer Ako-Adjei Tried in Kulungugu bomb attack
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Today in History: Ebenezer Ako-Adjei Tried in Kulungugu bomb attack

Today in history, on 9 August 1963 (exactly 57 years ago today, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei (foreign minister), Tawia Adamafio (information minister), and Hugh Horatio Cofie-Crabbe (executive secretary of Nkrumah’s political party) were detained for allegedly plotting to assassinate the then president Kwame Nkrumah in the Kulungugu bomb attack in 1962. Kulungugu bomb attack On 1 August 1962, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah escaped a bomb assassination attempt on his life at Kulungugu in the Upper East Region. Following an attempt on President Kwame Nkrumah’s life in Kulungugu bomb attack, three of his close associates were arrested for the assassination attempt. The accused in the case were Ebenezer Ako-Adjei (foreign minister), Tawia Adamafio (information minister), and Hugh Horatio ...
8th Anniversary of the death of John Evans Atta Mills
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8th Anniversary of the death of John Evans Atta Mills

Today in History, on July 24, 2012, exactly 8 years ago, Ghana’s president John Evans Atta Mills died at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, three days after his 68th birthday. John Evans Attah Mills, (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images) Ghana’s President John Evans Atta Mills died suddenly on Tuesday at the age of 68, hours after being taken ill and months before a vote in which he was to seek re-election. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the republic of Ghana,” the statement said, adding that Mills, who had travelled recently abroad for a medical check-up, died hours after he got sick. He died in a hospital in the capital Accra, his office said, without providing a cause. John Evans Att...
Miss America resigns over nude photos
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Miss America resigns over nude photos

On July 23, 1984, 21-year-old Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America title, the first resignation in the pageant’s history, after Penthouse magazine announces plans to publish nude photos of the beauty queen in its September issue. Williams originally made history on September 17, 1983, when she became the first Black woman to win the Miss America crown. Miss New Jersey, Suzette Charles, the first runner-up and also African American, assumed Williams’ tiara for the two months that remained of her reign. Vanessa Lynn Williams was born March 18, 1963, in Millwood, New York, to music teacher parents. She attended Syracuse University and studied musical theater. In 1982, while working a summer job as a receptionist at a modeling agency in Mt. Kisco, New York, photographer Thom...
John Evans Atta Mills was Born today (76 years ago)
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John Evans Atta Mills was Born today (76 years ago)

Today in History, on July 21, 1944 (exactly 76 years ago), John Evans Atta Mills was Born. He was a Ghanaian politician and legal scholar who served as President of Ghana from 2009 to 2012. He was inaugurated on 7 January 2009, having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election. Ghanaian President John Atta Mills AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images) Professor John Evans Atta Mills was born on July 21st, 1944, at Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana and hails from Ekumfi Otuam in the Mfantsiman East Constituency of the Central Region. He launched a lifelong interest in acquiring knowledge at Achimota Secondary School, where he obtained his General Certificate of Education (GCE) Adv...
July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong walks on moon
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July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong walks on moon

At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcom...
Today in History (July 7, 2005) Terrorists attack London transit system at rush hour
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Today in History (July 7, 2005) Terrorists attack London transit system at rush hour

On the morning of July 7, 2005, bombs are detonated in three crowded London subways and one bus during the peak of the city’s rush hour. The synchronized suicide bombings, which were thought to be the work of al-Qaida, killed 56 people including the bombers and injured another 700. It was the largest attack on Great Britain since World War II. No warning was given. The train bombings targeted the London Underground, the city’s subway system. Nearly simultaneous explosions, at about 8:50 a.m., occurred on trains in three locations: between the Aldgate and Liverpool Street stations on the Circle Line; between the Russell Square and King’s Cross stations on the Piccadilly Line; and at the Edgware Road station, also on the Circle Line. Almost an hour later, a double-decker bus on Uppe...
Today In History: 10 years ago today in South Africa Asamoah Gyan broke the hearts of Ghanaians
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Today In History: 10 years ago today in South Africa Asamoah Gyan broke the hearts of Ghanaians

Exactly ten years ago today, on 2 July 2010, Ghana's Asamoah Gyan broke the hearts of Ghanaians and many Africans after missing a penalty in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty in the dying seconds of extra time against Uruguay denying Ghana a chance to become the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals. A last minute opportunity presented to the Black Stars by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was wasted after the forwards penalty kick hit to woodwork preventing Ghana from progressing to the semi final of the World Cup. Ghana were eventually kicked out of the competition on penalties by Uruguay who went on to placed 4th. https://twitter.com/GhanaianMuseum/status/1278584333285109761?s=20
June 22, 1986 Maradona scores his “Hand of God” goal against England
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June 22, 1986 Maradona scores his “Hand of God” goal against England

On June 22, 1986, Argentine football (soccer) player Diego Maradona scored his memorable “Hand of God” goal (the ball struck his hand, but the referee mistakenly thought it had hit his head) to help Argentina defeat England in a World Cup quarterfinal game; Argentina went on to win the tournament. The goal took place at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Under association football rules, Maradona should have received a yellow card for a clear "handball" incident and the goal disallowed.  However, the referee made the incorrect call. The game ended with a 2–1 win for the Argentines, thanks to a second goal scored by Maradona, known as the "Goal of the Century".  After the match, Diego Maradona stated that the goal was scored "a little with his head, and a little with the Hand of G...
Today in History  : June 20 , 1983 , Capt. Quashigah halts attempted coup
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Today in History : June 20 , 1983 , Capt. Quashigah halts attempted coup

At about 12:25 p.m. yesterday , Captain Courage Quashigah , Chief of Operations , Gondar Barracks , came on air to halt nearly two hours of anxiety. One Carlos Halidu Gyiwa , now identified as a Lance -Corporal mentioned in the 23rd November abortive coup trial , held the country spell-bound with the radio announcement at 10:40 a.m , that the "Revolutionary Fighters" had overthrown the PNDC. Introducing himself as "Operational Commisioner" for the Revolutionary Fighters , Carlos Gyiwa said that the PNDC was being removed because Flt-Lt. Rawlings and his team had been found "inefficient." While he preached virtue , Flt-Lt. Rawlings , said Gyiwa , "practised vice." He also accused the PNDC of putting about 1,000 people in prison , saying all the time that Capt Tsikata was a "mu...
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