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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 citize... 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... 15:05 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 ... 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 ... 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. 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 custo... 14:00 Nov. 14
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    Nov. 14 1980 -- Under an order from South Korea's military junta led by Gen. Chun Doo-hwan, who seized power in a military coup a year earlier, the nation's electronic and print media are forced to realign and consolidate themselves through mergers, drastically reducing the number of media or... 14:00 Nov. 13
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    Nov. 13 1946 -- Forty-one people are killed and 67 others are injured in a train crash at Yeongdeungpo Station in Seoul. 1970 -- Jeon Tae-il, 22, a garment worker at Seoul's Pyeonghwa Market, commits suicide by self-immolation in protest for better pay and working conditions. His death sp... 14:00 Nov. 12
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    Nov. 12 1961 -- Park Chung-hee, chairman of the Supreme Council of National Reconstruction, stops in Tokyo on his way back from the United States and agrees with leaders there to normalize relations between South Korea and Japan. 1992 -- Ground is broken on Incheon International Airport o... 14:00 Nov. 11
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    Nov. 11 1906 -- Korea's first recognized modern drama, "Eunsegye" (Snow World), is staged at the Wongaksa Theatre. 1950 -- The government promulgates a decree to prosecute South Koreans helping North Korean communists during the Korean War, which continued until 1953. 1995 -- The Kore... 14:00 Nov. 10
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    Nov. 10 1920 -- The Joseon Governor General's office, the Japanese colonial base for the Korean Peninsula, announces a revised education law that requires primary schools to teach Japanese history and geography instead of Korean, and extends the academic period to six years from four. ... 14:00 Nov. 09
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    Nov. 9 1989 -- South Korea signs a treaty with Mexico to cooperate in economic, scientific and technological development. 1999 -- A business consolidation in South Korea's power generation and ship engine sectors is completed among Hyundai Heavy Industries, Samsung Heavy Industries and Kore... 14:00 Nov. 08
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    Nov. 8 1991 -- President Roh Tae-woo declares South Korea will not arm itself with nuclear weapons. 1995 -- South Korea is elected a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council. 2011 -- President Lee Myung-bak holds a summit with visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in... 14:00 Nov. 07
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    Nov. 7 1978 -- South Korea and the United States launch the Combined Forces Command. 1983 -- South Korean builder Dong Ah Construction Co. obtains an order from Libya to build a water pipeline in the Middle Eastern country. The Great Man-Made River Project was created to provide water to... 14:00 Nov. 06
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    Nov. 6 1922 -- Korea's first recognized pilot, Ahn Chang-nam, succeeds in his maiden flight from Tokyo to Osaka. At the time, Korea was under Japanese colonial rule. 1990 -- Four direct telephone lines go into service linking South Korea with the former Soviet Union for the first time. ... 14:00 Nov. 05
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    Nov. 5 1949 -- South Korea joins the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 1958 -- President Rhee Syng-man visits Vietnam. 1978 -- South Korea and Tuvalu establish diplomatic relations. 1980 -- South Korea and Vanuatu establish diplomatic relations. 1986 -- ... 14:00 Nov. 04
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