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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 ref... 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... 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 to ... 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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    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. affairs.... 14:00 Nov. 27
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    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 K... 14:00 Nov. 26
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    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" dam ups... 14:00 Nov. 25
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    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 ... 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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    Nov. 23 1968 -- A massive fire at Namdaemun Market in Seoul destroys 775 stores and kills one firefighter. 1988 -- Former President Chun Doo-hwan, after turning over power to his military colleague Roh Tae-woo in February of that year, issues a public apology for having stashed away a lar... 14:00 Nov. 22
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    Nov. 22 1974 -- U.S. President Gerald Ford visits South Korea. 1980 -- The military-backed government of President Chun Doo-hwan issues a decree allowing the partial resumption of political activities. 1989 -- President Roh Tae-woo visits Hungary, becoming the first South Korean presi... 14:06 Nov. 21
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    Nov. 21 1972 -- A constitutional revision proposed by then President Park Chung-hee is adopted with 91.5 percent support in a national referendum. The Yushin (revitalizing reform) Constitution prolonged the dictatorial rule of Park, a former Army major general who seized power in a 1961 coup,... 14:00 Nov. 20
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    Nov. 20 1948 -- The anti-communist National Security Law is put into effect. The law, which will later be revised twice, becomes a target of intense controversy, with opponents demanding its abolition. Past military-backed governments were accused of using it to suppress dissent. The law bans... 14:00 Nov. 19
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    Nov. 19 1598 -- Joseon Dynasty naval commander Yi Sun-sin dies during a battle with Japanese invaders in the southern sea. The admiral of the Korean fleet led the fight against Japanese invaders with his innovative "turtle ships," from which Korean soldiers, protected within by the ship's iro... 14:00 Nov. 18
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    Nov. 18 1884 -- The Joseon Dynasty, Korea's last kingdom, opens the first general post office in Seoul, inaugurating a modern postal service in the country. The service initially covered the Seoul-Incheon area. 1954 -- The mutual defense treaty between South Korea and the United States of... 14:00 Nov. 17
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    Nov. 17 1905 -- Japan signs the Protectorate Treaty with Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), which leads to Japan's 1910-45 colonization of the Korean Peninsula. The treaty was enforced despite opposition from the Korean Emperor Kojong and ended the era of ruling dynasties in Korea. The tr... 14:00 Nov. 16
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    Nov. 16 1988 -- North Korea proposes deputy-premier-level political and military talks with South Korea. 1988 -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest chipmaker, develops 1MS RAM (random access memory) for the second time in the world. 1995 -- Former President Roh... 14:00 Nov. 15
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    Nov. 15 1895 -- A government installed by Japan, which was seeking to colonize Korea toward the end of the Joseon Dynasty, issues an order for all Korean men to cut their hair. The government's top official Kim Hong-jip said the traditional style of long hair in a topknot was an outdated cust... 14:00 Nov. 14
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