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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 18 1884 -- The Joseon Dynasty, Korea's last kingdom, opens the first general post office in Seoul, inaugurating a modern postal service in the country. The service initially covered the Seoul-Incheon area. 1954 -- The mutual defense treaty between South Korea and the United States of... 14:00 Nov. 17
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 17 1905 -- Japan signs the Protectorate Treaty with Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), which leads to Japan's 1910-45 colonization of the Korean Peninsula. The treaty was enforced despite opposition from the Korean Emperor Kojong and ended the era of ruling dynasties in Korea. The t... 14:00 Nov. 16
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    Nov. 16 1988 -- North Korea proposes deputy-premier-level political and military talks with South Korea. 1988 -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest chipmaker, develops 1MS RAM (random access memory) for the second time in the world. 1995 -- Former President Roh Tae-wo... 14:00 Nov. 15
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 15 1895 -- A government installed by Japan, which was seeking to colonize Korea toward the end of the Joseon Dynasty, issues an order for all Korean men to cut their hair. The government's top official Kim Hong-jip said the traditional style of long hair in a topknot was an outdated cust... 14:00 Nov. 14
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 14 1917 -- Park Chung-hee is born to a farming family in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province. In 1961, Park, then a major general in the Army, staged a coup and became president. He remained in power until he was assassinated 18 years later by his intelligence chief. 1980 -- Under an order... 14:00 Nov. 13
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 13 1946 -- Forty-one people are killed and 67 others are injured in a train crash at Yeongdeungpo Station in Seoul. 1970 -- Jeon Tae-il, 22, a garment worker at Seoul's Pyeonghwa Market, commits suicide by self-immolation in protest for better pay and working conditions. His death spar... 14:00 Nov. 12
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    Nov. 12 1961 -- Park Chung-hee, chairman of the Supreme Council of National Reconstruction, stops in Tokyo on his way back from the United States and agrees with leaders there to normalize relations between South Korea and Japan. 1992 -- Ground is broken on Incheon International Airport o... 14:00 Nov. 11
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 11 1906 -- Korea's first recognized modern drama, "Eunsegye" (Snow World), is staged at the Wongaksa Theatre. 1950 -- The government promulgates a decree to prosecute South Koreans helping North Korean communists during the Korean War, which continued until 1953. 1995 -- The Kore... 14:00 Nov. 10
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    Nov. 10 1920 -- The Joseon Governor General's office, the Japanese colonial base for the Korean Peninsula, announces a revised education law that requires primary schools to teach Japanese history and geography instead of Korean, and extends the academic period to six years from four. ... 14:00 Nov. 09
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 9 1989 -- South Korea signs a treaty with Mexico to cooperate in economic, scientific and technological development. 1999 -- A business consolidation in South Korea's power generation and ship engine sectors is completed among Hyundai Heavy Industries, Samsung Heavy Industries and Ko... 14:00 Nov. 08
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 8 1991 -- President Roh Tae-woo declares South Korea will not arm itself with nuclear weapons. 1995 -- South Korea is elected a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council. 2011 -- President Lee Myung-bak holds a summit with visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in... 14:00 Nov. 07
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 7 1978 -- South Korea and the United States launch the Combined Forces Command. 1983 -- South Korean builder Dong Ah Construction Co. obtains an order from Libya to build a water pipeline in the Middle Eastern country. The Great Man-Made River Project was created to provide water to d... 14:00 Nov. 06
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 6 1922 -- Korea's first recognized pilot, Ahn Chang-nam, succeeds in his maiden flight from Tokyo to Osaka. At the time, Korea was under Japanese colonial rule. 1990 -- Four direct telephone lines go into service linking South Korea with the former Soviet Union for the first time. ... 14:00 Nov. 05
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 5 1958 -- President Rhee Syng-man visits Vietnam. 1978 -- South Korea and Tuvalu establish diplomatic relations. 1980 -- South Korea and Vanuatu establish diplomatic relations. 1986 -- Opposition leader Kim Dae-jung vows to give up his presidential candidacy if a direct presi... 14:00 Nov. 04
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 4 1920 -- Korea's national sports council holds the country's first baseball championship for junior and senior high school students at Seoul's Baejae High School. 1933 -- The Korean Language Society announces the first orthography for the Korean language. 1983 -- The government o... 14:00 Nov. 03
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 3 1929 -- Students in the southwestern city of Gwangju take to the streets to protest Japan's colonial occupation of Korea, which began in 1910. The uprising was the climax of a number of demonstrations and class boycotts by the city's student organizations, which tried to revive Korean ... 14:00 Nov. 02
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 2 1966 -- U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visits South Korea. 1968 -- Some 100 North Korean armed spies infiltrate South Korea's Uljin-Samcheok area in five groups. About 70 South Korean civilians and soldiers were killed or injured by the infiltrators. 1973 -- Prime Mini... 14:00 Nov. 01
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 1 1950 -- The Korea Times, an English-language newspaper, publishes its first edition. 1987 -- South Korea's Marine Corps Headquarters reopens after its dissolution in 1973. 1989 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Poland. 1991 -- The vernacular daily Mo... 14:00 Oct. 31
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 31 1883 -- Korea's first modern newspaper, the Hanseong Sunbo, begins publication. 1959 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Brazil. 1961 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Australia. 1966 -- U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visits S... 14:00 Oct. 30
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 30 1981 -- A Czech soldier who served as a member of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission set up under the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement defects to South Korea across the border at the truce village of Panmunjom. The Czech delegation was staying on the North Korean side of the vi... 14:00 Oct. 29
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