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    May 28 1905 -- A railroad linking the capital city of Seoul with the port city of Busan in the southeastern part of the country opens to passengers and cargo. 1973 -- The government announces a new law that outlines the timing and extent of legally permissible abortions. 1984 -- The ... 14:00 May. 27
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    May 27 1966 -- The Japanese government returns some 1,300 cultural properties to Korea that were sent to Japan during the colonial period. 1968 -- The first S. Korea-U.S. defense ministers' talks begin in Washington. 2008 -- South Korea and China agree to elevate their bilateral relat... 14:00 May. 26
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    May 26 1898 -- Korea opens three ports to foreign trade. People and goods from overseas begin to stream into the country through Masan, Gunsan and Hamheung. 1952 -- Around 50 opposition lawmakers are arrested by military police after they refused to support President Rhee Syng-man's propo... 14:00 May. 25
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    May 25 1946 -- Leading left- and right-wing politicians in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, including Kim Kyu-sik and Yea Woon-heong, start talks as part of their long-term plan to form a united front and, later, a Korean government on the peninsula. 1950 -- South Korea joins th... 14:00 May. 24
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    May 24 1947 -- Former independence fighter and nationalist Yeo Un-hyeong launches a center-left party called the Geulloinmindang (Labor People Party) seeking to unify Korea, divided by the shared occupation by the United States and the Soviet Union. Yeo's efforts failed, however, as he was as... 14:00 May. 23
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    May 23 1985 -- South Korean university students storm into a U.S. cultural center in Seoul and launch a sit-in. The protesters demanded the U.S. apologize for allegedly overlooking a bloody crackdown by South Korea's then military-backed regime on anti-government protests in the southern city... 14:00 May. 22
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    May 22 1882 -- Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and the United States reach a trade agreement. 1907 -- Lee Wan-yong, a politician and Japanese collaborator during the Joseon Dynasty, is appointed prime minister. The Euijeongbu, the dynasty's highest administrative body, is transformed i... 14:00 May. 21
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    May 21 1947 -- The second U.S.-Soviet Joint Commission opens to discuss forming a joint transitional government and trusteeship in Korea. The talks broke off on July 10. The ideological divide between Washington and Moscow that was reflected in southern and northern Korea, respectively, led t... 14:00 May. 20
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    May 20 1949 -- Kim Yak-su and Lee Mun-won, lawmakers in South Korea's first National Assembly, are arrested for arguing for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country and negotiations on the reunification of the two Koreas. As a result of their assertions, the two were accused of being... 14:00 May. 19
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    May 19 1970 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Cambodia. 1980 -- Tens of thousands of students and other citizens stage demonstrations in the southwestern city of Gwangju calling for an end to martial law and the release of dissident leader Kim Dae-jung. 1983 -- Oppo... 14:00 May. 18
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    May 18 1970 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Cambodia. 1980 -- Tens of thousands of students and other citizens stage demonstrations in the southwestern city of Gwangju calling for an end to martial law and the release of dissident leader Kim Dae-jung. 1983 -- Opposit... 14:00 May. 17
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    May 17 1973 -- North Korea joins the World Health Organization. South Korea acquired membership in 1949. 1980 -- South Korea's then military government, led by Chun Doo-hwan, expands its enforcement of emergency martial law nationwide and arrests two leading opposition leaders, Kim Dae-ju... 14:00 May. 16
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    May 16 1973 -- North Korea joins the World Health Organization. South Korea became a member in 1949. 1980 -- The military government of Chun Doo-hwan expands its use of emergency martial law nationwide and arrests two leading opposition leaders, Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-pil, on charges o... 14:00 May. 15
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    May 15 1712 -- Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) government erects a stone monument on Mount Baekdu to mark the border with China, then ruled by the Qing Dynasty. 1956 -- Rhee Syng-man is elected South Korea's president for a third consecutive term. Rhee, an advocate of Korean independen... 14:00 May. 14
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    May 14 1928 -- Korean independence movement activist Jo Myeong-ha unsuccessfully attempts to assassinate Japanese Army General Kunihiko Kuninomiya in Taiwan. Jo, 23, self-taught in Korea and Japan, cooperated with Taiwanese locals to block the Japanese colonial regime. He was arrested at the ... 14:00 May. 13
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    May 13 1975 -- In the face of continuing popular unrest, Park Chung-hee promulgates the 9th State of Emergency decree, the final version of a series of emergency measures that led to the jailing of hundreds of dissidents. 1997 -- Two North Korean families defect to South Korea. 2006 -... 14:00 May. 12
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    May 12 1932 -- A group of 60 students from Gyeongseong School are arrested for distributing manifestos appealing to their classmates to fight against the Japanese colonialists. Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula from 1910-45. 1956 -- HLKZ-TV, the first South Korean television station, h... 14:00 May. 11
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    May 11 1937 -- The Japanese colonial regime orders 100,000 Koreans to move to Manchuria in northeastern China in an attempt to make it easier for Japan to invade China and to weaken Korea's independence movement. The descendants of those Koreans, living in villages named after their hometowns... 14:00 May. 10
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    May 10 1948 -- Southern Korea holds a general election for 198 lawmakers, an action that led to the formation of a government separate from that of northern Korea. North Korea established its government in September of that year. 1967 -- The country establishes flights to Britain with the... 14:00 May. 09
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    May 9 1928 -- Japanese colonial authorities suspend publication of the Chosun Ilbo newspaper for running an editorial critical of Japan's military advancement into the Chinese province of Shandong. The move, which marked the fourth suspension of a Korean newspaper by Japanese authorities, las... 14:00 May. 08
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