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    April 26 1926 -- Sunjong, the last emperor of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), dies at age 53. The second son of Emperor Gojong and Empress Myeongseong ascended the throne in 1907, when his father was forced to abdicate by Japanese imperialists. After the Korean Peninsula was officially annexe... 14:00 Apr. 25
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    April 25 1960 -- A group of college professors issues a statement accusing the autocratic government of President Rhee Syng-man of using police force to crack down on pro-democracy student protesters. Several hundred students were killed or injured in a clash on April 19, 1960, triggering... 14:00 Apr. 24
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    April 24 1915 -- A group of South Korean journalists form an association of newspapers. 1960 -- Vice President Lee Ki-boong resigns following the April 19 Revolution. The student-led popular uprising, which took place after the country's first president, Rhee Syng-man, revised the Consti... 14:00 Apr. 23
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    April 23 1919 -- A group of 24 leaders from Korea's independence movement declare the establishment of a provisional government in Shanghai aimed at gaining freedom from Japanese colonial rule. 1960 -- Prime Minister Chang Myun resigns after a military coup led by Gen. Park Chung-hee. ... 14:00 Apr. 22
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    April 22 1884 -- The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) opens its first post office in Seoul. 1906 -- The country's first bicycle race is held in Seoul. 1961 -- South Korea and Japan sign a treaty on trade and commerce. 1970 -- President Park Chung-hee launches the Saemaeul (new community) M... 14:00 Apr. 21
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    April 21 1965 -- South Korea and Gambia establish diplomatic relations. 1978 -- A Korean passenger jet makes an emergency landing on a frozen lake, 400 kilometers south of Murmansk, Russia, after it is shot at by a Soviet aircraft. The Korean Air Lines Flight 902 violated Soviet airspace an... 14:00 Apr. 20
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    April 20 1906 -- The Korean Empire, as the country was called in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, starts construction of its first paved road, called "sinjangno" (newly built road), over the 30 kilometers between Jeonju and Gunsan, South Jeolla Province. The new road replaced twisting ... 14:00 Apr. 19
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    April 19 1960 -- A pro-democracy civil uprising breaks out. The movement, spearheaded by students protesting widespread vote rigging in presidential elections by then President Syngman Rhee, later led to the downfall of the Rhee government, which had ruled the country for 12 years. ... 14:00 Apr. 18
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    April 18 1974 -- South Korea and Uganda establish diplomatic ties. 1975 -- North Korean President Kim Il-sung visits China for the first time in 14 years and holds talks with his Chinese counterpart, Mao Zedong. 1983 -- A fire breaks out at a discotheque in Daegu, about 300 kilomet... 14:00 Apr. 17
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    April 17 1880 -- Japan sets up a legation in Korea. 1968 -- South Korean President Park Chung-hee holds talks with his U.S. counterpart, Lyndon Johnson. 1976 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Bahrain. 2003 -- South Korea sends 20 soldiers to Iraq in its first ... 14:00 Apr. 16
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    April 16 1906 -- An express train from the southeastern port city of Busan travels 450 kilometers to Seoul in 11 hours, a record speed for that era. In 2004, the nation's new high-speed Korea Train Express, or KTX, covered that distance in about two hours and 40 minutes. 1930 -- The Dong-... 14:00 Apr. 15
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    April 15 1885 -- A British vessel patrolling East Asia occupies Geomun, a small island off the Korean Peninsula's south coast, on the pretext of blocking southward expansion by Russia. 1910 -- Korean linguist Ju Si-gyeong publishes a grammar book that consolidates the modern-day usage of ... 17:09 Apr. 14
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    April 14 1967 -- The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, a set of multilateral trade agreements aimed at the abolition of tariffs, quotas and subsidies, goes into effect in South Korea. The international accord was formed in 1947 and lasted until 1994, when its functions were taken over b... 14:00 Apr. 13
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    April 13 1919 -- A Korean government-in-exile is set up in Shanghai to begin efforts to win independence from Japanese colonial rule. 1977 -- South Korea establishes formal diplomatic ties with Sudan. 1989 -- Moon Ik-hwan, a pastor and reunification activist, is arrested for violating t... 14:00 Apr. 12
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    April 12 1990 -- President Roh Tae-woo gives amnesty to Kim Hyun-hui, one of the North Korean agents responsible for the in-flight bombing of a South Korean passenger airplane in late 1987. 2003 -- South Korea's lottery gives out a 47 billion-won prize, the country's biggest ever. 20... 14:00 Apr. 11
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    April 11 1959 -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization starts construction of its office in Myeongdong, downtown Seoul. 1960 -- Kim Ju-yeol, a student at Masan Commercial High School who was arrested by police after participating in a pro-democracy demons... 14:00 Apr. 10
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    April 10 1900 -- Hanseong Electric, the country's first electric energy producer, which was established two years earlier, installs street lights for the first time in Jongno, the central district of Seoul, where the royal palaces of the Joseon Dynasty are located. 1919 -- The provisional... 14:00 Apr. 09
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    April 9 1962 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Israel. 1965 -- South Korea signs a trade agreement with West Germany. 1975 -- Eight South Korean university students convicted of trying to overthrow the government are executed just 20 hours after a court sentenced th... 14:00 Apr. 08
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    April 7 1896 -- Korea's first Korean-language newspaper, the Dongnip Shinmun (The Independent), publishes its first edition in Seoul. The four-page newspaper, funded by the government and produced by Seo Jae-pil, an official educated in Japan and the United States, was aimed at reaching the g... 14:00 Apr. 06
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    Today in Korean history

    April 6 1887 -- The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) sets up a government agency in charge of telegraph services. 1984 -- The Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee selects a tiger, named Hodori, as the official mascot of the 1988 Olympic Games. 2018 -- Former President Park Geun-hye is sen... 14:00 Apr. 05
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