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    Today in Korean history

    June 21 1904 -- The first public washroom in Seoul opens. 1947 -- The International Olympic Committee accepts South Korea's proposal for membership. 1972 -- Thailand completes the phased withdrawal of its soldiers from South Korea, ending a deployment that began during the 1950-53 Kor... 14:00 Jun. 20
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    June 20 1962 -- The South Korean government puts an insurance system into effect. 1985 -- The two Koreas hold their third round of economic meetings at the border village of Panmunjom. 1990 -- An explosion on the Sea King, an oil tanker, in waters off Crete, Greece, kills five Korean ... 14:00 Jun. 19
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    June 19 1960 -- U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower visits South Korea in his second trip to the nation after his visit to the Korean combat zone in December 1952. 1981 -- South Korea proposes to North Korea the creation of a joint team for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The two c... 14:00 Jun. 18
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    June 18 1918 -- The Japanese colonial regime completes a research project on land ownership in Korea after eight years of collecting data. The large-scale project was aimed at documenting land ownership on the Korean Peninsula and modernizing data management but ended up leading to the consol... 10:26 Jun. 17
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    June 17 1902 -- The missions of Germany, France and Russia hold secret talks in the Russian residence in Seoul seeking ways to gain operating rights to Korean railways and mines. Western countries, as well as China and Japan, competed to reap profits from Korea. The country lost its sovereign... 14:00 Jun. 16
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    June 16 1232 -- Korea's Goryeo Dynasty relocates its capital from the ancient city of Kaesong to Ganghwa Island off the west coast in the face of a Mongolian invasion. 1956 -- South Korea's first television network, HLKZ-TV, starts broadcasting. 1981 -- The government allows South K... 14:00 Jun. 15
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    June 15 918 -- Wang Geon establishes the Goryeo Kingdom, unifying three states on the Korean Peninsula. One of them, the Silla Kingdom, had declined following its 1,000-year rule that started in 57 B.C. The other two states -- post-Baekje and post-Koguryo -- had briefly emerged in the sout... 14:00 Jun. 14
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    June 13 1955 -- North Korea and Japan sign a fisheries agreement. 1961 -- South Korean students protest alleged election rigging, and 11 universities are temporarily closed as a result. 2000 -- South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il hold the first int... 14:00 Jun. 12
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    June 12 1950 -- The Bank of Korea begins operations in Seoul. The central bank had to suspend operations less than two weeks later with the outbreak of the Korean War. 1962 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Chile. 1981 -- The Korea Press Foundation, a nationwide associ... 14:00 Jun. 11
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    June 11 1979 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Kuwait. 1983 -- The Bank of Korea newly issues 5,000 won and 10,000 won notes. 2004 -- Park Ji-won, a lifetime aide to former President Kim Dae-jung, is sentenced to 12 years in prison on charges of taking 15 billion w... 14:00 Jun. 10
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    June 10 1917 -- Korean independence fighters based in Hawaii, led by Park Yong-man, establish a military band named the Great Joseon People's Army. 1926 -- Residents of Seoul stage street marches against the Japanese colonial regime to coincide with the state funeral of Sunjong, the last... 14:00 Jun. 09
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    June 9 1953 -- South Korea's Cabinet decides not to sign the proposed Korean War armistice in a symbolic gesture to show the government's desire for unification of the Korean Peninsula. The agreement was signed on July 27 by the American-led U.N. Command on one side, and North Korea and China... 14:00 Jun. 08
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    June 8 1953 -- The U.N. Command signs a treaty with the North Korean and Chinese forces to exchange prisoners captured during the 1950-53 Korean War. The parties signed an armistice in July that year. 1967 -- South Korea's seventh general elections take place. The ruling Democratic Republ... 14:00 Jun. 07
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    June 7 1920 -- A Korean militia force led by General Hong Beom-do defeats a Japanese regiment in a battle in China's Jilin Province. 1953 -- President Rhee Syng-man declares a quasi state of emergency. 1975 -- Boxer Yoo Je-du wins the World Boxing Association junior middleweight champ... 14:00 Jun. 06
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    June 6 1882 -- Korea's Joseon Dynasty signs a treaty of friendship and commerce with Britain. 1956 -- South Korea holds its first memorial ceremony for soldiers who died in the 1950-53 Korean War. The June 6 Memorial Day was established that year as a national holiday, finding stability ... 14:00 Jun. 05
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    June 5 1981 -- President Chun Doo-hwan proposes a summit with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Il-sung. On July 1 of the year, Kim rejects Chun's proposal. 2005 -- South Korean pitcher Park Chan-ho earns his 100th major league win, marking yet another milestone since his U.S. debut in 1... 14:00 Jun. 04
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    Today in Korean history

    June 4 1886 -- Korea signs a treaty of commerce and amity with France, legalizing French business and religious activities in the country. The period from 1876 until the fall of the Joseon Dynasty in 1910 is referred to as an open-door era, when the country opened its ports and built commerci... 14:00 Jun. 03
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    Today in Korean history

    June 3 1946 -- Yi Pom-suk, a Korean independence fighter who fought against Japanese colonial troops in China, returns to Korea. Yi was later appointed the country's first prime minister in 1948. 1947 -- A transitional government is established in southern Korea, separate from the communi... 14:00 Jun. 02
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    Today in Korean history

    June 2 1592 -- Joseon Dynasty Admiral Yi Sun-shin and his combined fleet destroy 20 Japanese ships off the southeastern region of Dangpo. Yi's naval victory was partly thanks to his "Turtle Boats," constructed in the previous year to effectively protect Korean soldiers from Japanese attacks. ... 14:00 Jun. 01
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    June 1 1981 -- The Kyobo Book Center, or Kyobo Mungo, opens in Kyobo Building in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul. The bookshop is the largest and most famous bookstore in South Korea, now boasting ten stores across the country. 1982 -- Fifty-three soldiers are killed as a military transport... 14:00 May. 31
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