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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 26 1950 -- South Korea and the United States sign a mutual defense and assistance treaty. The agreement was sealed five months before the Korean War broke out in June. 1962 -- The last princess of the Joseon Dynasty, Deokhye-ongju, returns from Japan after more than 30 unhappy years ... 14:00 Jan. 25
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 24 1963 -- South Korea and North Korea hold their first meeting in Switzerland as part of an ultimately unsuccessful effort to form a joint team for the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. 1972 -- South Korea publishes its first Trade White Paper. 1997 -- The 18th Winter Universi... 14:00 Jan. 23
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 23 1981 -- South Korea's military government reduces opposition leader Kim Dae-jung's death sentence to life in prison. Kim was sentenced to death the previous year for allegedly instigating an insurgency in the southwestern city of Gwangju that year. 1996 -- Hyun Sung-il, an officia... 14:00 Jan. 22
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 22 1990 -- The ruling Democratic Justice Party, led by President Roh Tae-Woo, and two conservative opposition parties, the Reunification Democratic Party headed by Kim Young-sam and the New Democratic Republican Party represented by Kim Jong-pil, agree to merge and form a new party. It m... 14:00 Jan. 21
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 21 1919 -- Gojong, the 26th and last king of the Joseon Dynasty, dies. 1968 -- Thirty-one North Korean commandos infiltrate Seoul in an attempt to assassinate President Park Chung-hee. The North Koreans were stopped 300 meters from the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae. Twenty-eight w... 14:00 Jan. 20
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 20 1919 -- Gojong, the 26th king of the Joseon Dynasty, dies. 1968 -- Thirty-one North Korean commandos infiltrate Seoul in an attempt to assassinate President Park Chung-hee. The North Korean troops are stopped 300 meters from the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul. Twent... 14:00 Jan. 19
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    Jan. 19 1946 -- Rightist and leftist Korean students clash over whether the Korean Peninsula should be placed under a U.N. trusteeship. 1949 -- The South Korean government applies for membership in the U.N. 1967 -- A South Korean patrol boat is sunk by artillery fired by the North Kor... 14:00 Jan. 18
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    Jan. 18 1898 -- Daehanjeguk, or the Korean Empire, issues a permit to two Americans, whom historic records identify as H. Collbron and R. Bostwick, to lay railroads and build electric and telephone lines in Seoul. The American businessmen built a 5-mile-long track and began operating electric... 14:00 Jan. 17
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    Jan. 16 1948 -- Giuseppe Verdi's opera "La Traviata" is performed in South Korea for the first time. 1951 -- China rejects a United Nations proposal for a cease-fire in the Korean War. 1990 -- South Korea's Hyundai Group obtains formal permission from the Soviet Chamber of Commerce a... 14:00 Jan. 15
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 15 1987 -- Doctor Kim Man-cheol and 10 of his family members leave North Korea's eastern port of Chongjin to defect to South Korea. The family arrives in Seoul on Feb. 8 after passing through Japan and Taiwan. 1990 -- South Korea and Algeria agree to establish diplomatic relations. ... 14:00 Jan. 14
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 14 1963 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Canada. 1967 -- Ninety-four people are killed when the passenger ship Hanil-ho collides with a Navy vessel. 1978 -- South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee is abducted by North Korean agents in Hong Kong, two weeks before her husb... 14:00 Jan. 13
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    Jan. 13 1903 -- A group of more than 100 Koreans lands in Honolulu, Hawaii, after traveling across the Pacific Ocean on the S.S. Gaelic, marking the first wave of Korean emigration to the United States. 1969 -- Samsung Electric Industries Co., now Samsung Electronics Co., is founded in th... 10:12 Jan. 12
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    Jan. 12 1988 -- North Korea's Olympic Committee declares its decision to boycott the Seoul Olympics. 2001 -- Then U.S. President Bill Clinton expresses "regret" over the killing of South Korean citizens by U.S. soldiers during the 1950-1953 Korean War. He acknowledged that U.S. soldiers "... 14:00 Jan. 11
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    Jan. 11 1881 -- The royal authorities of Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) designate nine young officials for a mission to examine Japan's modernized social system and technology. The delegation stayed four months in the neighboring country, where a Western-style administration and advanced ... 14:00 Jan. 10
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 10 1994 -- A South Korean expedition led by explorer Goh In-gyong reaches the South Pole on foot. 2003 -- North Korea withdraws from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty after the United States accuses it of running a clandestine atomic weapons program in violation of a 1994 treaty. ... 14:00 Jan. 09
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 9 1901 -- Businessman Yoo Doo-po arrives in Hawaii, becoming the first Korean on the U.S. island. 1953 -- The Changgyeong ferry sinks off Busan, leaving 229 people dead. 1969 -- The Ministry of Education decides to require that male students at high schools and colleges receive m... 14:00 Jan. 08
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    Jan. 8 1932 -- Independence fighter Lee Bong-chang throws a grenade in a failed attempt to assassinate Japanese Emperor Hirohito during a military parade on the outskirts of Tokyo. Born in Seoul in 1900, Lee went to Shanghai at the age of 31, where he became a member of a youth patriot organi... 14:00 Jan. 07
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 7 1914 -- Ewha Hakdang (Ewha School), the first educational institute for women in Korea, establishes the country's first modern kindergarten. 1946 -- Rhee Syng-man, a strong advocate of Korean independence, issues a statement opposing Korea's placement under a five-year U.N. supervise... 14:00 Jan. 06
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 6 1926 -- Japan completes construction of the Japanese governor-general's office inside Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul. The Japanese colonial headquarters controlled the entire Korean Peninsula until Korea regained its sovereignty in 1945. The building later housed the national museum... 14:00 Jan. 05
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 5 1953 -- South Korean President Rhee Syng-man expresses his intention to resume diplomatic relations with Japan after meeting with the country's Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida. 1982 -- South Korea lifts nighttime curfew after 37 years. 2003 -- South Korea and Russia agree to co... 14:00 Jan. 04
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