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    April 18 1974 -- South Korea and Uganda establish diplomatic ties. 1975 -- North Korean President Kim Il-sung visits China for the first time in 14 years and holds talks with his Chinese counterpart, Mao Zedong. 1983 -- A fire breaks out at a discotheque in Daegu, about 300 kilomet... 14:00 Apr. 17
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    April 17 1880 -- Japan sets up a legation in Korea. 1968 -- South Korean President Park Chung-hee holds talks with his U.S. counterpart, Lyndon Johnson. 1976 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Bahrain. 2003 -- South Korea sends 20 soldiers to Iraq in its first de... 14:00 Apr. 16
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    April 16 1906 -- An express train from the southeastern port city of Busan travels 450 kilometers to Seoul in 11 hours, a record speed for that era. In 2004, the nation's new high-speed Korea Train Express, or KTX, covered that distance in about two hours and 40 minutes. 1930 -- The Dong-... 14:00 Apr. 15
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    April 15 1885 -- A British vessel patrolling East Asia occupies Geomun, a small island off the Korean Peninsula's south coast, on the pretext of blocking southward expansion by Russia. 1910 -- Korean linguist Ju Si-gyeong publishes a grammar book that consolidates the modern-day usage of ... 14:00 Apr. 14
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    April 14 1967 -- The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, a set of multilateral trade agreements aimed at the abolition of tariffs, quotas and subsidies, goes into effect in South Korea. The international accord was formed in 1947 and lasted until 1994, when its functions were taken over b... 14:00 Apr. 13
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    April 13 1919 -- A Korean government-in-exile is set up in Shanghai to begin efforts to win independence from Japanese colonial rule. 1977 -- South Korea establishes formal diplomatic ties with Sudan. 1989 -- Moon Ik-hwan, a pastor and reunification activist, is arrested for violatin... 14:00 Apr. 12
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    April 12 1950 -- South Koreans sweep the podium at Boston Marathon, with Ham Kee-yong winning the prestigious marathon event. 1990 -- President Roh Tae-woo gives amnesty to Kim Hyun-hui, one of the North Korean agents responsible for the in-flight bombing of a South Korean passenger airp... 14:00 Apr. 11
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    April 11 1959 -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization starts construction of its office in Myeongdong, downtown Seoul. 1960 -- Kim Ju-yeol, a student at Masan Commercial High School who was arrested by police after participating in a pro-democracy demons... 14:00 Apr. 10
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    April 10 1900 -- Hanseong Electric, the country's first electric energy producer, which was established two years earlier, installs street lights for the first time in Jongno, the central district of Seoul, where the royal palaces of the Joseon Dynasty are located. 1919 -- The provisional g... 14:00 Apr. 09
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    April 9 1962 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Israel. 1965 -- South Korea signs a trade agreement with West Germany. 1975 -- Eight South Korean university students convicted of trying to overthrow the government are executed just 20 hours after a court sentenced th... 14:00 Apr. 08
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    April 8 1899 -- Telephone service becomes available in Seoul for the first time. 1970 -- Thirty-three people are crushed to death when an apartment building collapses in Seoul. 1980 -- South Korea launches its first domestically manufactured submarine. 1984 -- Telephone service be... 14:00 Apr. 07
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    April 7 1896 -- Korea's first Korean-language newspaper, the Dongnip Shinmun (The Independent), publishes its first edition in Seoul. The four-page newspaper, funded by the government and produced by Seo Jae-pil, an official educated in Japan and the United States, was aimed at reaching the g... 14:00 Apr. 06
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    April 6 1887 -- The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) sets up a government agency in charge of telegraph services. 1984 -- The Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee selects a tiger, named Hodori, as the official mascot of the 1988 Olympic Games. 2015 -- South Korea criticizes Japan for intensif... 14:00 Apr. 05
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    April 5 1860 -- Choi Je-u establishes Donghak (eastern studies), an indigenous Korean religion that integrated ideas of Christianity, Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, as well as promoting humanitarian values. It also developed into a movement of farmers against the feudal system and corr... 12:00 Apr. 04
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    April 3 1906 -- A railway opens, linking Seoul, now in South Korea, and Sinuiju, now in North Korea. The 518.5-kilometer multi-rail line carried the largest traffic volume on the Korean Peninsula until the country was divided in 1948. South and North Korea agreed to reconnect the railway duri... 14:00 Apr. 02
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    April 1 1895 -- Yu Kil-jun, a government official of the Joseon Dynasty, publishes an essay titled "Seo-yoo-gyeon-mun" (A Traveler's Journal on the West), in which he gave his impressions of the United States and Europe. 1920 -- The Dong-A Ilbo, now one of the oldest and largest dailies i... 14:00 Mar. 31
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    March 31 1938 -- Sungshil High School in Pyongyang is closed after refusing to force students to worship at Japanese shrines. Japanese authorities introduced the requirement as part of cultural colonization efforts. 1941 -- The Japanese colonial government bans the teaching and use of the... 14:00 Mar. 30
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    March 30 1990 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Romania. Korean Air also launches flights to Moscow, and Russia's Aeroflot Airlines opens a route to Seoul. 1991 -- The South Korean government establishes the Korea International Cooperation Agency, a volunteer network provid... 14:00 Mar. 29
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    March 29 1995 -- South Korea becomes a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an international economic organization founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. 2001 -- Incheon International Airport, South Korea's largest airport, is offic... 14:00 Mar. 28
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    March 28 1953 -- North Korea agrees to exchange prisoners of war wounded during the ongoing conflict with South Korea. The war ended in a cease-fire signed in July later that year. 1969 -- Archbishop Stephen Kim Sou-hwan is ordained as South Korea's first cardinal. 1974 -- South Korea... 14:00 Mar. 27
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