2 August 1962
An attempt on the life of President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana fails. Nkrumah escaped an assassination attempt when a hand grenade was thrown into a crowd greeting him at Kulungugu, Northern Region in Ghana. His rule in Ghana was becoming progressively oppressive. Four years previously he had passed the Preventive Detention Act, which he had used to imprison over 1000 of his political and social opponents. Click here to read our past This week In History's entry on another assassination attempt on Nkrumah.