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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 23 1936 -- The first bridge built over the Han River opens, connecting the Yongsan area of Seoul to Noryangjin in the southern part of the capital. 1996 -- Ahn Doo-hee, who assassinated freedom fighter Kim Koo in 1949, is killed by one of Kim's supporters, Kwon Joong-hwi. 2000 --... 14:00 Oct. 22
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    Oct. 22 1950 -- American-led U.N. forces advance to Korea's border with China a little more than a month after the Incheon landing, which turned the tide of the Korean War. The U.N. forces were later forced to retreat by Chinese soldiers who crossed the border to aid North Korea's attack. ... 14:00 Oct. 21
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    Oct. 21 1994 -- A section of the Seongsu Grand Bridge spanning the Han River collapses, killing 32 people and injuring 17 others. The victims were mostly students aboard a bus that plunged into the water. -- North Korea and the United States sign an agreement to end a nuclear dis... 14:00 Oct. 20
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    Oct. 20 1948 -- A group of soldiers in Yeosu, a port city 455 kilometers south of Seoul, rebels against the South Korean government, which had just been established. The soldiers, who supported the reunification of the two Koreas, refused the government's order to put down protests on Jeju Is... 14:00 Oct. 19
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 19 1906 -- The Kyunghyang Shinmun local daily is founded. 1950 -- United Nations soldiers capture Pyongyang during their northward advance in the 1950-53 Korean War. The conflict erupted on June 25 of that year when the North's military invaded the South. 1955 -- North Korea and ... 14:00 Oct. 18
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    Oct. 18 1979 -- Martial law is declared in Busan and Masan after a series of violent anti-government protests in the southern coastal region. The tension spread nationwide, and eight days later on Oct. 26, then President Park Chung-hee was assassinated by his intelligence chief, Kim Jae-kyu. ... 14:00 Oct. 17
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    Oct. 17 1972 -- President Park Chung-hee declares martial law nationwide and dissolves the National Assembly. The following month, the government introduced a new constitution, known as the Yushin (Revitalizing Reform) Constitution, which greatly expanded presidential powers and allowed Park ... 14:00 Oct. 16
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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 normalized relations 16 years later in 1965. 1963 -- Retired ... 14:00 Oct. 14
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    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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    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 with... 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 Ko... 14:00 Oct. 10
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    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 characters... 14:00 Oct. 08
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    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 y... 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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    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 miniatu... 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 comprised seven resolutions highlighting South Koreans' duties and education for natural preservation. 1986 -- South Korea holds a closing ceremo... 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 Relatio... 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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