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    Aug. 2 1953 -- The U.S. military command moves its headquarters to Yongsan in central Seoul. 1980 -- Color television sets become available for the first time in South Korea. 1993 -- Chang Kang-je, the publisher and owner of the Hankook Ilbo-Korea Times group, dies after a long illne... 14:00 Aug. 01
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    Aug. 1 1943 -- Japan begins conscripting Koreans into the military during its colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. Japan's leaders had long hesitated to implement a conscription system in Korea after the annexation of the country in 1910 due to fears that Koreans, once armed as part of th... 14:00 Jul. 31
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    July 31 1959 -- Cho Bong-am, leader of the "Jinbo" (Progress) Party, is executed after being convicted of violating the anti-communist National Security Law by engaging in pro-communist activities. While Korea was under Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945), Cho was an independence activist w... 14:00 Jul. 30
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    July 30 1953 -- The U.S. Senate passes a bill to spend US$200 million to rehabilitate war-ravaged South Korea. The Korean War, which began in June 1950, when North Korea invaded the South, ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, three days earlier. 1953 -- Yok Do-san, a North Korea-b... 14:00 Jul. 29
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    July 29 1948 -- The 14th Olympic Games opens in London, with South Korea sending a delegation for the first time. The Korean Peninsula was liberated from Japanese colonial rule in 1945 after 36 years of occupation. 1983 -- South Korea's population tops 40 million, making it the third most... 14:00 Jul. 28
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    July 28 1984 -- South Korea finishes seventh at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles with six gold medals, six silver and seven bronze. 1998 -- South Korea and Russia agree to cooperate to resolve a diplomatic dispute triggered by allegations of espionage by a South Korean intelligence agent. ... 14:00 Jul. 27
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    July 27 1953 -- Representatives of North Korea, China and the United States sign the Armistice Agreement to end the Korean War. The war broke out on June 25, 1950, when North Korea started bombarding northern South Korea early in the morning. 1961 -- South Korea and Niger in wester... 14:00 Jul. 26
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    July 26 1950 -- About 300 South Korean civilian refugees are killed by retreating U.S. troops at Nogun-ri, a village in central South Korea, during the early weeks of the Korean War. In 1999, after repeated denials, the U.S. government under then President Bill Clinton acknowledged that t... 14:00 Jul. 25
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    July 25 1968 -- Korean Air begins flights on the Seoul-Tokyo route. 1981 -- South Korea allows foreign investment in 427 industry sectors. Later, the country further opened its market to foreign competition. 2001 -- South Korea reaches an agreement with France to bring home a set of c... 14:00 Jul. 24
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    July 24 1948 -- Rhee Syng-man takes office as South Korea's first president. The U.S.-educated leader went into self-imposed exile in 1960 after his government was toppled in a student-led pro-democracy uprising. He died in Hawaii five years later, and his body was flown to Seoul and buried a... 14:00 Jul. 23
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    July 23 1961 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with the Ivory Coast. 1984 -- The government publishes its first official gazette. It remains unknown why the publication was delayed for several decades. The South Korean government was established in 1948, three years after th... 14:00 Jul. 22
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    July 22 1943 -- Japanese colonial authorities issue an expanded order for the mobilization of Korean students for Japan's World War II efforts. Hundreds of thousands of Koreans, many of them students, were forced to become soldiers for the Japanese army toward the end of Japan's 1910-45 coloni... 14:00 Jul. 21
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    July 21 1817 -- Kim Jeong-hi, a renowned calligrapher and epigraphist of the Joseon Dynasty, deciphers the text on the Sunsu monument established by King Jinheung in 561. The monument, built on Mount Bukhan in northern Seoul, praised the king for expanding his territory and marked the area as ... 14:00 Jul. 20
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    July 20 1907 -- King Gojong of the Joseon Dynasty abdicates in favor of his son under pressure from the Japanese colonial regime. The king was a thorn in Japan's side, as he made several diplomatic efforts to counter its colonial policies. 1948 -- The National Assembly of South Korea name... 14:00 Jul. 19
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    July 19 1965 -- Former South Korean President Rhee Syng-man dies in exile in Hawaii. 1980 -- The administration of then President Chun Doo-hwan dismisses 431 managers and executives from banks, insurance firms and securities firms. 1988 -- Seoul permits the publication of work... 14:00 Jul. 18
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    July 18 1973 -- The United States announces that it supports the unified entry of North Korea and South Korea into the United Nations (U.N.). In 1991, the two Koreas were simultaneously admitted to the U.N. as the Cold War structure of global politics receded. 1989 -- Kang Su-yeon, a Sout... 14:00 Jul. 17
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    July 17 1946 -- The U.S. military government, which occupied the southern half of the Korean Peninsula at the end of World War II, places a ban on civilian passage across the inter-Korean border set along the 38th parallel. Following the surrender of Japan, which controlled Korea as a colon... 14:00 Jul. 16
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    July 16 1950 -- As North Korean invaders advance on the nation in the early days of the Korean War, President Rhee Syng-man moves his government from Daejeon in central South Korea to the southeastern city of Daegu. Rhee was later forced to move it further south to Busan, a port city. North K... 14:00 Jul. 15
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    July 15 1902 -- The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) signs a treaty of commerce with Denmark. 1939 -- The Japanese colonial authority begins drafting Koreans to fight for Japan in World War II. It had formerly announced a decree for Korean mobilization. Japan ruled the Korean Peninsula as a ... 14:00 Jul. 14
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    July 14 1907 -- Lee Jun, a Korean patriot, dies by suicide by slashing his belly with a knife in The Hague after he was blocked from attending an international peace meeting in the Dutch city, where he wanted to protest Japan's colonial subjugation of the Korean Peninsula. 1950 -- The United ... 14:00 Jul. 13
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