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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 14 1956 -- The Cabinet designates Oct. 1 as Armed Forces Day, commemorating the date in 1950 when U.N.-coalition troops crossed the 38th parallel, which roughly bisects the peninsula, pushing North Korean communists northward in the Korean War. 1984 -- South Korea's Red Cross agrees... 14:00 Sep. 13
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 13 1972 -- The two Koreas hold their second round of Red Cross talks. 1991 -- The Koreas separately apply for membership in the United Nations. They were approved five days later to join the world's largest body. 1996 -- The Busan International Film Festival, the first internati... 14:00 Sep. 12
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 12 1921 - Korean independence fighter Kim Ik-sang throws a bomb into the headquarters of the Japanese colonial government in an attempt to kill the Japanese governor-general of Korea, Makoto Saito. Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945. 1983 - The South Korean gover... 14:00 Sep. 11
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 11 1899 -- Korea's last kingdom, the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), signs a trade treaty with China's Qing Dynasty. 1945 -- The operation of a railway line linking Seoul and Sinuiju, a border city in what is now North Korea, is stopped amid deepening enmity between the rival political ... 14:00 Sep. 10
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 10 1934 -- A massive flood hits the southern part of Korea, leaving 800 people dead. 1940 -- Two major Korean vernacular dailies, the Chosun Ilbo and the Donga Ilbo, are closed by Japan's colonial authorities because of their anti-Japan stances. Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula ... 14:00 Sep. 09
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    Sept. 9 1948 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or North Korea, is established in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, further cementing the division between the communist North and capitalist South. 1987 -- Kang Su-yeon, 21, wins the Best Actress award at the Venice Intern... 14:00 Sep. 08
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 8 1966 -- South Korea and Japan hold their first Cabinet meeting in Seoul, a year after they normalized diplomatic relations. Seoul had refused to establish relations with Japan after it regained sovereignty from its former colonial occupier in 1945. 1984 -- The Red Cross of North K... 14:00 Sep. 07
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 7 1980 -- An archaeological excavation team from Seoul's Yonsei University finds the bones of a human believed to have lived 10,000 to 60,000 years ago in Danyang, 190 kilometers southeast of Seoul. 1993 -- The personal assets of 1,167 high-level government officials are made public. ... 14:00 Sep. 06
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 6 1951 -- South Korea establishes the Women's Army Corps amid the 1950-53 Korean War. 1956 -- Lee Joong-sup (1916-56), widely recognized as one of Korea's most talented modern painters, dies of hepatitis. Born in Pyongyang during Japanese colonial rule, he attended art school in Tok... 14:00 Sep. 05
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 5 1966 -- The first contingent of the "White Horse" division lands in South Vietnam, becoming the first South Korean military unit to take part in the Vietnam War. 1973 -- The first subway line in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, opens for service. 1985 -- North Korean official Ho... 14:00 Sep. 04
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    Sept. 4 1990 -- South and North Korea hold their first prime ministers' meeting in Seoul. 1994 -- Taekwondo is approved as an Olympic medal sport at the 103rd Congress of the International Olympic Committee in Paris. 2009 -- North Korea claims it has nearly completed uranium enrichment,... 14:00 Sep. 03
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 3 1948 -- The U.S. military in South Korea hands over police authority to the South Korean government. 1988 -- The government announces its plan to open up information on communist countries, including North Korea, to the public. 1997 -- A Vietnamese passenger jet crashes near P... 14:00 Sep. 02
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    Sept. 2 1999 -- North Korea claims the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the Yellow Sea separating North and South Korea is "invalid," declaring a new sea border line. The NLL was set by the United Nations Command (UNC) when the Korean War ended after the signing of the Armistice Agreement in 1953... 14:00 Sep. 01
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    Today in Korean history

    Sept. 1 1946 -- The Rodong Sinmun, which later became North Korea's official newspaper, is published for the first time. 1952 -- South Korea introduces compulsory military service. 1955 -- South Korea institutes an annual census. 1980 -- Chun Doo-hwan is inaugurated as president ... 14:00 Aug. 31
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 31 1989 -- Dong Ah Construction Industrial Co. Ltd. clinches a US$5.3-billion order from Libya to build its waterway system. At the time, the project's budget was the largest of any project in the world. 1998 -- North Korea launches what it calls the Kwangmyongsong 1 artificial satel... 15:16 Aug. 30
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    Aug. 30 1920 -- Lee Dong-hui takes office as prime minister of the Korean government in exile. Korea was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910 to 1945. 1949 -- Six students singled out as the first batch of students to study abroad on government funding, head to the United States. 1968 ... 14:00 Aug. 29
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 29 1910 -- Korea loses its sovereignty after being forced to sign an annexation agreement with Japan. The Korean Peninsula remained under Japanese colonial rule until 1945. 1949 -- Luxembourg recognizes the Republic of Korea as a sovereign state. 1972 -- A South Korean Red C... 14:00 Aug. 28
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    Aug. 28 1946 -- North Korea founds the ruling Workers' Party, the Soviet-backed regime's first official step toward establishing a communist system in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. 1961 -- Jo Yong-su, 31, president of the progressive daily Minjok Ilbo, receives a death sentenc... 14:00 Aug. 27
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 27 1980 -- Chun Doo-hwan, a former army general, is named president by a hand-picked electoral college. Chun seized power in an internal military coup on Dec. 12 of the previous year, in which he arrested then martial law commander Gen. Chung Seung-hwa. 1992 -- China opens its emba... 14:00 Aug. 26
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 26 1955 -- South Korea becomes a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 1996 -- Former South Korean Presidents Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo are sentenced to death and 22 1/2 years in jail, respectively, for rebellion and other charges. In April 1997, the charges were commu... 14:00 Aug. 25
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