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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 31 1973 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Afghanistan. After a pro-Soviet Unit regime took control of the Middle Eastern country, however, South Korea severed the ties in 1978. Their ties were then restored in 2002. 1991 -- South and North Korea sign the Joint Decl... 14:00 Dec. 30
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    Dec. 30 1970 -- Korea Telecom launches direct distance dialing nationwide, enabling customers to make long-distance calls without the assistance of an operator. 1990 -- Former President Chun Doo-hwan returns to his home in Seoul from Baekdam Temple in Gangwon Province, where he and his wife... 14:00 Dec. 29
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 29 1967 -- Mount Jiri is designated as South Korea's first national park. 1980 -- South Korea and Libya establish ambassador-level relations. 1991 -- The Dongyang Daily News, a daily in South Korea's North Chungcheong Province, is founded. 2007 -- North and South Korea agre... 14:00 Dec. 28
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    Dec. 28 1908 -- After colonizing the Korean Peninsula in 1905, the Japanese colonial government establishes the Oriental Development Company in Seoul as an economic base to control Korea's land and business. Japan forced Korea to transfer the ownership of some state land to the company on the... 14:00 Dec. 27
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    Dec. 27 1904 -- Korea's royal court under the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) appoints U.S. diplomat D.W. Stevens as its foreign affairs adviser. 1945 -- Top diplomats from the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union hold a meeting in Moscow and announce a five-year United Nations trustees... 14:00 Dec. 26
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    Dec. 25 1971 -- A fire at Seoul's Daeyeongak Hotel kills 166 people and injures 88 others. 1978 -- Football player Cha Bum-kun becomes the first South Korean to join the Bundesliga in Germany. 1997 -- President-elect Kim Dae-jung names Lee Jong-chan, the vice chairman of the National Co... 14:00 Dec. 24
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    Dec. 24 1915 -- The colonial government of Japan in Korea issues a special order requiring Korean students to sing the Japanese national anthem at schools. 1949 -- More than 80 residents in Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang Province, are killed. The government first blamed the massacre on commu... 14:00 Dec. 23
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    Dec. 23 1963 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Ethiopia. The African country was among 16 countries that sent forces under the United Nations banner to fight in the 1950-53 Korean War. The country forges diplomatic relations with North Korea 12 years later. 1972 -- Presiden... 14:00 Dec. 22
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    Dec. 22 1145 -- "Samguksagi," a history book about the three kingdoms that reigned over the Korean Peninsula from 57 B.C. to A.D. 668, is published by royal scholars, including Kim Bu-hik, at the instruction of King Injong of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). 1902 -- A group of 121 Koreans l... 14:00 Dec. 21
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    Dec. 21 1905 -- Ito Hirobumi, the mastermind behind Japan's takeover of Korea, is named his country's first ruler of the Korean Peninsula. 1968 -- The Seoul-Incheon Highway is opened. 1979 -- Choi Kyu-hah is sworn in as South Korea's 10th president. 2001 -- Pitcher Park Chan-ho signs... 14:10 Dec. 20
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    Dec. 20 1974 -- North Korean spy Moon Se-gwang is executed for assassinating first lady Yook Young-su, the wife of President Park Chung-hee. 1979 -- A military court sentences KCIA chief Kim Jae-kyu and six others to death for assassinating President Park Chung-hee on Oct. 26, 1979. The m... 14:00 Dec. 19
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    Dec. 19 1932 -- Korean independence activist Yun Bong-gil is executed in Japan for assassinating seven top Japanese military leaders. Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945. 1962 -- South Korea and Switzerland establish diplomatic ties. 1992 -- Oppos... 14:00 Dec. 18
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 18 1973 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Bangladesh. 1991 -- President Roh Tae-woo says he will make the Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons. 1992 -- Kim Young-sam, a candidate of the ruling Democratic Liberal Party, is elected the 14th president of South Ko... 14:00 Dec. 17
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    Dec. 17 1962 -- The fifth Constitutional Amendment is ratified by 78.78 percent of affirmative votes in the country's first-ever national referendum, reforming the administration into a presidential system and transforming the National Assembly into a unicameral house. 1963 -- Park Chung-he... 14:00 Dec. 16
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    Dec. 16 1947 -- North Korea implements its first currency reforms in an effort to strengthen its economic system, separate from that of the Soviet Union, and to prevent the inflow of the South Korean currency. The country had used four kinds of bills issued by the Soviet military command si... 14:00 Dec. 15
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    Dec. 15 1928 -- The Salvation Army, which started missionary work in Korea in 1908, places a donation collection bucket on a Seoul street for the first time. 1970 -- The 362-ton Namyoung-ho, en route to the southern port city of Busan from Jeju, sinks in waters off islands near the southe... 14:00 Dec. 14
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 14 1926 -- Independence fighter Kim Koo is inaugurated as chief marshal of the Korean Provisional Government, which was set up in Shanghai, during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910-1945. 1950 -- The United Nations approves a resolution for the establishment of a... 14:00 Dec. 13
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    Dec. 13 1863 -- Emperor Gojong ascends to the throne at the age of 12 to become the 26th monarch of the Joseon Dynasty. His reign lasts until 1907, during which, his wife, Empress Myeongseong, is killed by Japanese assassins in 1895. Japan later annexes the country and rules the peninsula f... 14:00 Dec. 12
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 12 1948 -- The U.N. General Assembly recognizes the Republic of Korea, the official name of South Korea, as the legal government of Korea. 1979 -- Army Maj. Gen. Chun Doo-hwan stages a coup against President Choi Kyu-ha, ordering the arrest of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Jeong Seung-hwa a... 14:00 Dec. 11
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 11 1952 -- South Korea joins the International Civil Aviation Organization. 1969 -- A Korean Air passenger flight from the eastern city of Gangneung to Seoul with 51 people aboard is hijacked by North Koreans and forced to land in Pyongyang. North Korea repatriated 39 of the hijacked... 14:00 Dec. 10
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