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    Today in Korean history

    Today in Korean history Oct. 16 1945 -- Dr. Rhee Syng-man returns home after decades of exile in the United States, two months after Japan's surrender at the end of World War II and the end of its colonial rule over the Korean Peninsula. Rhee is elected South Korea's first president three... 14:00 Oct. 15
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 15 1949 -- South Korea and Japan sign a trade cooperation agreement, the first official document inked between the two neighbors since the Korean Peninsula was liberated from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. The two nations normalize relations 16 years later in 1965. 1963 -- Retired A... 09:00 Oct. 14
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 14 1903 -- The Joseon Dynasty closes Suminwon, an office overseeing overseas travel by Koreans. 1955 -- South Korea and Japan resume bilateral trade for the first time since Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. The countries normalized their diplomatic ties in 1965. ... 14:00 Oct. 13
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 13 2000 -- President Kim Dae-jung is chosen as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee made the selection in recognition of his decadeslong work for democracy and human rights in South Korea and East Asia. Kim's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Jun... 14:00 Oct. 12
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 12 1897 -- The Daehan Empire is established, with King Gojong of the Joseon Dynasty becoming its emperor. 1923 -- Ferry service opens between the ports of Masan, Korea, and Osaka, Japan. 1949 -- South Korea establishes its Air Force. 1962 -- North Korea signs a border treaty w... 14:00 Oct. 11
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    Oct. 11 1989 -- The state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute is launched. 1996 -- South Korea joins the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as its 29th member state. 2000 -- U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meets Cho Myong-rok, vice chairman of North Korea... 14:00 Oct. 10
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 10 1932 -- Korean independence fighter Lee Bong-chang, who attempted to assassinate Japanese Emperor Hirohito, dies at a prison in Japan. The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910 to 1945. 1990 -- South and North Korea host a joint film festival in New York for... 14:00 Oct. 09
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    Oct. 9 1446 -- Sejong, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), unveils a new system of writing the Korean language to promote literacy and give the state, which had relied on the use of Chinese characters, its own alphabet. Known as Hangeul, it has since replaced Chinese charac... 14:00 Oct. 08
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 8 1951 -- Panmunjom, a small village near the 38th parallel that forms the border between South and North Korea, is selected as the site of armistice talks on ending the fratricidal conflict. Negotiations dragged on, and a formal cease-fire agreement was not signed until almost two years ... 14:00 Oct. 07
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 7 1950 -- The U.N. General Assembly authorizes U.S.-led U.N. forces to advance into the North Korean side of the inter-Korean border. The tide of the Korean War turned in favor of the U.N. side after U.S. General Douglas MacArthur landed forces at Incheon. The war ended in a stalemate in... 14:00 Oct. 06
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 6 1956 -- South Korea and the United States sign a treaty for amicable trade. 1972 -- Seoul's population hits 6 million as a rural exodus accelerates and the country's industrialization picks up steam. 1986 -- Samsung Electronics succeeds in developing the world's first miniature... 14:00 Oct. 05
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    Oct. 5 1962 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Ecuador. 1978 -- South Korea adopts the "Nature Protection Charter," which is comprised of seven resolutions highlighting South Koreans' duties and education for natural preservation. 1986 -- South Korea holds a closing ... 14:00 Oct. 04
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 4 1935 -- South Korea's first sound film "Chunhyangjeon" premieres at a Seoul theater. 1950 -- The American Forces Korean Network (AFKN) radio starts broadcasting. 2007 -- South Korea and North Korea announce the "Declaration of the Advancement of South-North Korean Relations, Pea... 14:00 Oct. 03
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    Oct. 3 1979 -- South Korea's National Assembly, controlled by President Park Chung-hee's ruling party, deprives Kim Young-sam, head of the then opposition New Democratic Party, of his parliamentary seat in connection with his anti-government activities. The ouster touched off nationwide pro-d... 14:00 Oct. 02
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    Oct. 2 1966 -- At the request of West Germany, the South Korean government under then-President Park Chung-hee dispatches 251 female nurses to the European nation, which experienced a shortage of workers amid the country's rapid economic growth. 1988 -- The 24th Summer Olympic Games... 14:00 Oct. 01
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 1 1953 -- South Korea and the United States sign a mutual defense treaty about three months after the Armistice Agreement ending the Korean War was signed. 1958 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Thailand. 1999 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il meets with Chung Ju-... 14:00 Sep. 30
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    Sept. 30 1962 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Panama. 1981 -- The International Olympic Committee chooses Seoul as the host of the 1988 Summer Olympics. 1990 -- The Soviet Union establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea. 2013 -- The 38th-largest conglo... 15:13 Sep. 29
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 29 1984 -- North Korea delivers humanitarian assistance, including rice and medicine, to South Korean victims of flooding, the first such exchange of aid since the 1950-53 Korean War. North Korea offered the assistance first, and South Korea accepted it. 1988 -- South Korea's women'... 14:00 Sep. 28
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 28 1920 -- Ryu Gwan-sun (1902-20) dies in Seodaemun prison in Seoul where the young independence fighter was imprisoned and tortured for organizing and staging a nationwide independence movement against Japan's colonial rule of Korea (1910-45), known as the March 1 Manse Movement, in 19... 14:00 Sep. 27
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 27 1983 -- Pope John Paul II visits Seoul and elevates to sainthood 103 Korean Catholic martyrs who were executed during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). 1988 -- Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson tests positive for drugs and is stripped of the gold medal he won a day earlier in the men's 1... 14:00 Sep. 26
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