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    March 1 1919 -- Millions of Koreans begin peaceful demonstrations nationwide, demanding independence from Japanese colonial rule. Thousands of Koreans were killed and tens of thousands were wounded when the Japanese military cracked down on the March 1 Independence Movement. 1943 -- Japanes... 14:00 Feb. 28
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    Feb. 28 1948 -- Kim Koo, a Korean independence fighter and politician, publicly opposes the U.N.'s proposal to hold a separate general election in southern Korea. Kim said the election would lead to the division of the Korean Peninsula and that the communist-controlled northern Korea and the U... 14:00 Feb. 27
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    Feb. 27 1948 -- The South Korean government issues a statement claiming jurisdiction over Dokdo, the islets located roughly halfway between South Korea and Japan. Japan had previously stated that it did not recognize South Korea's claim to the islets in the East Sea. 1959 -- Jo Bong-am, ... 14:00 Feb. 26
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    Feb. 26 1948 -- The United Nations decides to conduct general elections in what is now South Korea, giving up on plans to establish a single Korean government after a Soviet-backed regime took control of the northern part of the peninsula. 1982 -- The U.S. Air Force announces the deploym... 14:00 Feb. 25
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    Feb. 25 1981 -- Chun Doo-hwan, a former Army general who staged a military coup in December 1979, is elected as South Korea's 12th president by the electoral college he handpicked. Chun's predecessor, Park Chung-hee, was assassinated by his intelligence chief. Chun ruled South Korea from 1981... 14:00 Feb. 24
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    Feb. 24 1961 -- South Korea and the Philippines sign a trade accord. 2007 -- South Korea and the United States announce that Seoul will reclaim wartime operational control of its forces from Washington on April 17, 2012. The agreement resolved one of the most controversial bilateral i... 14:00 Feb. 23
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    Feb. 23 1904 -- The Korea-Japan Protocol is signed. The agreement imposed by Japan states that the Korean government must accept Japanese recommendations on the modernization of its facilities and provide strategic bases for Japanese troops if a third country invades Korea. On the pretext of ... 14:00 Feb. 22
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    Feb. 22 1980 -- The South Korean government decides to boycott the Moscow Olympics, following the United States, West Germany, Japan and Canada. 1990 -- The Cabinet adopts a bill to create a fund for inter-Korean cooperation, one of the legal systems for supporting economic and social exc... 14:00 Feb. 21
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    Feb. 21 1954 -- A vessel from South Korea carrying North Korean prisoners of war arrives in India. The group of 76 prisoners, who were held by southern authorities during the 1950-1953 Korean War, wanted to live somewhere other than Korea after their release. North Korean POWs in the South we... 14:00 Feb. 20
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    Feb. 20 1920 -- The Korean Aviation School opens in Willows, California. Established by a group of Korean independence activists, the school produced pilots who fought against the Japanese colonial regime that ruled the country from 1910 to 1945. 1963 -- Students from the nation's first... 14:00 Feb. 19
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    Feb. 19 1136 -- An uprising led by Myocheong, a Buddhist monk and royal adviser during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), is killed by the king's army. Myocheong, who supported an independent policy toward China and opposed conservative officials, suggested war against the Chinese kingdom and wa... 14:00 Feb. 18
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    Feb. 18 1909 -- The Korean Empire, the successor of the Joseon Dynasty lasting from 1897 to 1910, announces national tax collection laws. Regional tax laws were formed three years earlier, yielding part of the tax income to local municipalities. 1910 -- The first commercial movie theater ... 14:00 Feb. 17
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    Feb. 17 1962 -- The government finalizes its five-year economic development plan for the nation's economy, still reeling from the effects of Japanese colonization and the Korean War. Economic revitalization was carried out through four five-year plans over 20 years until 1982, eventually achi... 14:00 Feb. 16
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    Feb. 16 1942 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is born. He took power after his father Kim Il-sung, founder of the communist country, died in 1994. 1945 -- Poet Yoon Dong-ju dies in a prison in Japan at the age of 29. Born in Manchuria, northeastern China, he studied in Pyongyang and Seo... 14:00 Feb. 15
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    Feb. 15 1894 -- Farmers and other working-class people rise up against corrupt bureaucrats in the southwestern area of the Korean Peninsula, triggering the nationwide "Donghak" movement. The Joseon Dynasty brutally suppresses the uprising with the help of the Chinese and Japanese militaries. ... 14:00 Feb. 14
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    Feb. 14 1910 -- Korean independence fighter An Jung-geun is sentenced to death for the assassination of Japanese Governor-General Hirobumi Ito in October of the preceding year. 1970 -- Thirty-nine passengers from a Korean Air aircraft hijacked by North Korea some two months earlier retur... 14:00 Feb. 13
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    Feb. 13 1969 -- The Korean Central Intelligence Agency announces its arrest of Lee Su-geun, a North Korean spy who entered South Korea posing as a defector in 1967. Lee was executed on July 3, 1969. 2000 -- South Korean marathon runner Lee Bong-ju sets a new South Korean record of 2 hours, ... 14:00 Feb. 12
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    Feb. 12 1975 -- President Park Chung-hee wins a popular vote of confidence for his Yushin Constitution, which allows for his extended rule, following a national referendum. Yushin means revitalization. 1981 -- South Korea opens diplomatic ties with Lebanon. 1985 -- The 12th National A... 14:00 Feb. 11
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    Feb. 11 1940 -- The Japanese colonial regime orders all Koreans to adopt Japanese names. 1951 -- As the indiscriminate killings continue for a third day, 500 more villagers are shot and killed in Geochang, a county in the southeast of the country, by South Korean soldiers who wrongfully id... 14:00 Feb. 10
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    Feb. 10 1951 -- Over 700 villagers are gunned down by Army soldiers in Geochang, South Gyeongsang Province, who mistakenly suspected them of collaborating with North Korean guerrillas. 1992 -- South Korea and Ukraine establish diplomatic relations. 2005 -- North Korea vows not to att... 14:00 Feb. 09
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