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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 26 1955 -- South Korea becomes a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 1996 -- Former South Korean Presidents Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo are sentenced to death and 22 1/2 years in jail, respectively, for rebellion and other charges. In April 1997, the charges were commu... 14:00 Aug. 25
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 25 1936 -- The daily Dong-A Ilbo publishes a picture of Korean Olympic marathon gold medal winner Sohn Kee-chung with the Japanese flag on his chest erased. Sohn participated in the Berlin Olympics representing Japan, as Korea was a colony of the archipelago nation at the time. The Japan... 14:00 Aug. 24
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    Aug. 24 1945 -- A Japanese ship on its way to Korea's southern port of Busan from Japan, carrying 3,725 Koreans, explodes. The Ukishima-Maru was returning Koreans who had been forced to leave home and work in Japan during the 1910-45 colonial era. The incident happened a little more than a we... 14:00 Aug. 23
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    Aug. 23 1911 -- The Japanese colonial government, which ruled the Korean Peninsula from 1910 until 1945, announces a new public education system in Korea that prohibits the use of Korean language at schools. 1971 -- A group of 24 South Korean commandos, who trained on... 07:46 Aug. 22
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    Aug. 22 1946 - Seoul National University is established. The state-run university later emerged as one of the nation's top academic institutions. 1950 - South Korea starts drafting soldiers for the Korean War, which broke out on June 25 of that year. The war continued until 1953. The... 14:00 Aug. 21
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 21 1875 -- A Japanese warship attacks Ganghwa Island on the west coast of the Korean Peninsula in an attempt to expand Japan's influence in the neighboring country. 1980 -- Following a military coup, commanders of the armed forces appoint Gen. Chun Doo-hwan to serve as head of state.... 14:00 Aug. 20
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 20 1901 -- Construction begins on a railroad connecting Seoul and Busan. 1907 -- A modern barber shop opens at the royal court of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). 1971 -- Red Cross officials from the two Koreas meet for the first time since the 1950-53 Korean War. 2010 -- Sout... 14:00 Aug. 19
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 19 1964 -- South Korea joins the Inter-Parliamentary Union, an international organization of the parliaments of sovereign states. 1980 -- The Chun Doo-hwan administration forces 617 publishing companies to close by canceling their registrations with the culture ministry. The general-... 14:00 Aug. 18
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 18 1955 -- South Korea and Japan sever economic ties. 1972 -- Red Cross officials from the two Koreas establish a hotline. 1976 -- North Korean soldiers ax three U.S. military officers to death at the truce village of Panmunjom. 2009 -- Former President Kim Dae-jung, a lifelo... 14:00 Aug. 17
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 17 1901 -- Hansung Electric Co. holds a ceremony to mark the first time that electric lights are turned on in Seoul. 1962 -- Prime Minister Jang Myun is arrested without physical detention on anti-revolutionary conspiracy charges. 1964 -- South Korea establishes its journalists a... 14:00 Aug. 16
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 15 1945 -- Korea is liberated from Japan's colonial rule, which began in 1910. On the same day, Yeo Un-hyung (1886-1947), a left-leaning nationalist, sets up a national foundation preparation committee. 1948 -- The government of the Republic of Korea, or South Korea, is established. ... 14:00 Aug. 14
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    Aug. 14 1961 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Gabon. 1965 -- South Korea's parliament ratifies the normalization agreement signed between Seoul and Tokyo. Under the treaty, South Korea received grants and loans in return for abandoning its demand for compensation for J... 14:00 Aug. 13
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    Aug. 13 1935 -- "The Evergreen," a novel by Shim Hun depicting the lives of an educated couple trying to "enlighten" farmers, wins a literary prize presented by the Dong-Ah Ilbo newspaper. The novel, based on real-life experience, portrays the impoverished Korean countryside under Japanese co... 14:00 Aug. 12
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    Aug. 12 1966 - In an editorial in its main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, North Korea promulgates the policy of "juche," meaning self-reliance, claiming ideological independence from its allies -- the Soviet Union and China -- at that time. 1971 - South Korea's National Red Cross sugges... 14:00 Aug. 11
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    Aug. 11 661 -- China's Tang Dynasty (618-907) launches another series of attacks against Pyongyang, the capital of the kingdom of Goguryeo, established in 37 B.C., and incorporating territory of what is now North Korea and northeastern China. Tang forces, under the leadership of Su Dingfang,... 14:00 Aug. 10
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 10 1934 -- A massive flood hits the southern part of Korea, leaving 800 people dead. 1940 -- Two major Korean vernacular dailies, the Chosun Ilbo and the Donga Ilbo, are closed by Japan's colonial authorities because of their anti-Japan stances. Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula f... 14:00 Aug. 09
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    Aug. 9 1936 - Sohn Ki-jung wins the marathon at the 11th Olympics in Berlin. Sohn, a Korean, ran for Japan, which occupied the Korean Peninsula from 1910-1945. 1985 - North Korea dedicates the Koryo Hotel in its capital of Pyongyang in a joint venture with a French firm. The twin tower ho... 14:00 Aug. 08
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 8 1953 -- The South Korea-U.S. mutual defense treaty is initialed in Seoul and later signed in Washington on Oct. 1. 1960 -- The second republic, led by former President Yoon Bo-sun, is launched. 1969 -- Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC-TV) starts operations. 1973 -- Former P... 14:00 Aug. 07
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 7 1933 -- Korea's first female pilot, Park Kyung-won, dies in a plane crash. 1990 - In its first report on AIDS, South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare says the number of South Koreans infected with HIV, the AIDS-causing virus, reached 100. As of the end of June 2006, the cumu... 14:00 Aug. 06
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 6 1902 -- Kim So-wol, known as "the Koreans' poet," is born into an upper-class family in a mountain village in North Pyongan Province, now located in North Korea. Kim married at 14, graduated from high school and went to Tokyo to attend college. After returning home, he began writing... 14:00 Aug. 05
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