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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 13 1863 -- Emperor Gojong ascends to the throne at the age of 12 to become the 26th monarch of the Joseon Dynasty. His reign lasts until 1907, during which, his wife, Empress Myeongseong, is killed by Japanese assassins in 1895. Japan later annexes the country and rules the peninsula f... 14:00 Dec. 12
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    Dec. 12 1948 -- The U.N. General Assembly recognizes the Republic of Korea, the official name of South Korea, as the legal government of Korea. 1979 -- Army Maj. Gen. Chun Doo-hwan stages a coup against President Choi Kyu-ha, ordering the arrest of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Jeong Seung-hwa ... 14:00 Dec. 11
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    Dec. 11 1952 -- South Korea joins the International Civil Aviation Organization. 1969 -- A Korean Air passenger flight from the eastern city of Gangneung to Seoul with 51 people aboard is hijacked by North Koreans and forced to land in Pyongyang. North Korea repatriated 39 of the hijacked pe... 14:00 Dec. 10
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    Dec. 10 1973 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with India. 2000 -- South Korean President Kim Dae-jung receives the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his efforts for reconciliation between South and North Korea, and for democracy and human rights in East Asia, becoming his... 14:00 Dec. 09
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 9 1930 -- The governor-general of Joseon, Japan's colonial administration maintained from 1910 to 1945 in Korea, announces its census figure for the Korean population as 21,057,969. Joseon was Korea's last dynasty. 1964 -- South Korea's first TV soap drama airs on TBC. 1991 -- Sout... 14:00 Dec. 08
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    Dec. 8 1995 -- Former President Choi Kyu-hah receives a summons for testimony in relation to a coup and massacre in Gwangju. 1997 -- Daewoo Motor announces plans to take over Ssangyong Motor. 2002 -- South and North Korea agree to open a temporary road between Seoul and Sinuiju. 2003 ... 14:00 Dec. 07
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    Dec. 7 1996 -- FIFA, the world's soccer governing body, decides at its headquarters in Zurich to have Seoul hold the opening ceremony and Yokohama the closing ceremony for the 2002 World Cup finals. South Korea and Japan successfully co-hosted the international football meet. 2001 -- Presid... 14:00 Dec. 06
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    Dec. 6 1971 -- President Park Chung-hee declares a state of emergency in South Korea, citing a threatened invasion by North Korea. The move drastically curtails freedom of speech, thus helping him tighten his grip on power. 1979 -- The nation's electoral college, called the National Confe... 14:00 Dec. 05
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 5 1906 -- Ahn Ik-tae, the composer of South Korea's national anthem, is born in Pyongyang. 1907 -- Lee Eun, the crown prince of Korea's Joseon Dynasty, leaves for Tokyo on a Japan-imposed study tour three years before Japan colonizes the Korean Peninsula. 1994 -- South Korea anno... 14:00 Dec. 04
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    Dec. 4 1884 -- Kim Ok-kyun, Pak Yong-hyo and other young reformist officials, supported by the Japanese government, briefly seize power in a coup, seeking to modernize and open Korea's last kingdom, the Yi Dynasty. The new group believed Korea should emulate Japan, which institutionalized refo... 14:00 Dec. 03
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    Dec. 3 1952 -- The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution calling for the transfer of all Korean War prisoners to a politically neutral location. 1995 -- Former President Chun Doo-hwan is indicted on corruption charges, as well as for his role in the coup through which he rose t... 14:00 Dec. 02
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    Dec. 2 1946 -- Korean independence fighter Rhee Syng-man, who later became South Korea's first president, visits the United States with a proposal that his country set up its own government. Korea had regained sovereignty the previous year after 35 years of Japanese colonial rule, as a result... 14:00 Dec. 01
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    Dec. 1 1980 -- The state-run Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) airs the nation's first color television broadcast. 1992 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with South Africa. 1998 -- Hyundai Motor Co. becomes the owner of Kia Motors Corp., a month after it secured the right ... 14:00 Nov. 30
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    Nov. 30 1980 -- Local television and radio stations TBC and DBS air their last programs in the wake of the Chun Doo-hwan government's forcible merger and closure of media outlets nationwide. Chun, a general who seized power through a coup in 1979, gagged the press to prolong his regime. 1... 14:00 Nov. 29
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 29 1940 -- The headquarters of the Independence Army of Korea is relocated to Xian, China, from Chongqing. 1987 -- A Korean Air passenger plane heading for Seoul from Baghdad explodes over Myanmar. North Korean agents are accused of carrying out the bombing, and one of them, Kim Hyon... 14:00 Nov. 28
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    Nov. 28 1919 -- Twenty-three female members of an independence movement against the Japanese colonial rule of Korea are arrested. 1941 -- The interim government announces the doctrine for the foundation of the nation and sets up a special committee, headed by Rhee Syng-man, on U.S. affair... 14:00 Nov. 27
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 27 1598 -- A seven-year invasion of Korea by Japanese forces led by warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi ends. The invasion seriously weakened Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). 1953 -- President Rhee Syng-man holds a summit with his Taiwanese counterpart, Chiang Kai-shek. 1964 -- South Kor... 14:00 Nov. 26
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 26 1986 -- The South Korean government announces plans to build a "Peace Dam" on the upper stretches of the Han River that flows through Seoul to counter a possible North Korean "flood" offensive. The move was prompted by reports that North Korea planned to build a "Mount Kumgang" da... 14:00 Nov. 25
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 25 1971 -- The Culture Ministry allows the sale of academic literature about communism. 1980 -- Five daily newspapers and four news agencies are shut down following a directive by General-turned-President Chun Doo-hwan as part of a plan to take control of the news media. Chun seized p... 14:00 Nov. 24
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    Nov. 24 1956 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Italy. 1995 -- President Kim Young-sam moves to launch an investigation into the bloody crackdown on a civil uprising in the city of Gwangju, 330 kilometers southwest of Seoul, in May 1980. Tens of thousands of Gwangju c... 14:00 Nov. 23
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