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    Today in Korean history

    July 13 1919 -- The Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea establishes the National Red Cross in Shanghai. Korea's Red Cross, originally established in 1905 by a decree of King Gojong, had been merged into the Red Cross of Japan by the Japanese colonial regime. Korea's government in exi... 14:00 Jul. 12
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    July 12 1948 - South Korea's National Assembly formulates the nation's Constitution. The elections for the country's National Assembly were held under U.N. supervision on May 10. 1979 - South Korean football player Cha Bum-kun starts his career in Germany's Bundesliga. In South Korea, Cha... 09:27 Jul. 11
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    July 11 1866 -- The U.S. commercial ship General Sherman is set alight in a clash with Koreans after it sailed into the Taedong River, which flows through Pyongyang, now the North Korean capital. The ship sought to open trade with Korea, then a "hermit kingdom." 1876 -- Kim Koo, one of th... 14:00 Jul. 10
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    July 10 1953 - The U.S.-led United Nations Command reopens armistice talks with China-backed North Korea after a long suspension. The talks, which began in 1951, continue on and off until the two sides sign a cease-fire agreement on July 27, 1953, ending the three-year Korean conflict. 19... 14:00 Jul. 09
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    July 9 1966 -- South Korea signs the Status of Forces Agreement with the U.S. 1980 -- The special committee for national security announces the punishment of 232 high-ranking government officials for corruption. 1987 -- More than 1 million people take to the streets to pay tribute to ... 14:00 Jul. 08
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    July 8 1951 -- The U.S.-led U.N. Command begins talks with North Korea to end the Korean War, which began with a southward North Korean invasion on June 25, 1950. The negotiations, which dragged on for two more years, came to a close on July 27, 1953, when a cease-fire agreement was signed. ... 14:22 Jul. 07
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    July 7 1953 -- UNESCO establishes an office in South Korea. 1962 -- South Korea and Morocco establish diplomatic relations. 1995 -- Nelson Mandela, the president of South Africa, visits South Korea. 2010 -- A number of South Korean websites, including those of the presidential off... 14:00 Jul. 06
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    July 6 1905 -- Syngman Rhee, who later became the first president of South Korea, pleads for American support for Korea's independence in a letter to U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt while the former was still a student at George Washington University. The two later met in person, but Rhee's ... 14:00 Jul. 05
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    July 5 1907 -- Envoys of King Kojong, the 26th monarch of the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910), submit a statement to a peace conference of major nations at The Hague against the 1905 Eulsa Protective Treaty, which stripped Korea of its diplomatic rights. Korea was ruled by Japan from 1910-45. ... 14:00 Jul. 04
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    July 4 1950 -- U.S. troops engage North Korean forces in Osan. The encounter marks the first clash between U.S. and North Korean soldiers in the Korean War. 1972 -- South and North Korea announce the July 4 joint communique outlining the future direction of cooperation between the two sid... 14:00 Jul. 03
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    July 3 1961 -- Army Maj. Gen. Park Chung-hee takes office as chairman of the Supreme Council for National Reconstruction, which ruled South Korea until 1963 and was comprised of military officials involved in or supportive of Park's May 16 coup. 1971 -- South Korea opens diploma... 14:00 Jul. 02
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    July 2 1950 -- An Australian air force unit leaves for Korea to join the U.S.-led U.N. command that fought on South Korea's side in the 1950-53 Korean War. Shortly after the war broke out on June 25 with a North Korean invasion of South Korea, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution... 14:00 Jul. 01
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    Today in Korean history

    July 1 1906 -- A Japanese colonial agency takes control of Korea's railways from the Joseon Dynasty. Named "Joseon Tonggambu," imperial Japan established the agency in Seoul the previous year as part of efforts to seize diplomatic rights and gradually increase its grip over royal authority. K... 14:00 Jun. 30
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    Today in Korean history

    June 30 1882 -- Joseon signs a commerce treaty with Germany. 1983 -- State-run television station KBS broadcasts its first live program to help people find their family members separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The emotional show, initially planned as a one-off program, was extended ... 14:00 Jun. 29
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    June 29 1882 -- Chinese troops arrive at the western port of Incheon as Korea's royal court requested assistance to suppress a revolt staged by army soldiers who were angry at the creation of a modern military contingent. The new unit was entitled to a higher salary and better treatment. C... 14:00 Jun. 28
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    June 28 1950 -- The North Korean Army occupies Seoul just three days after it crosses the 38th parallel, the pre-Korean War boundary between North and South Korea. The North's hope for a quick surrender by South Korea's Rhee Syng-man government and the reunification of the peninsula, however,... 14:00 Jun. 27
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    June 27 1977 -- The foreign ministry delivers a letter of protest to Washington over the wiretapping of the office of President Park Chung-hee by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The agency was investigating an allegation that a South Korean lobbyist paid bribes of up to US$1 million to ... 14:00 Jun. 26
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    Today in Korean history

    June 26 1949 -- Kim Koo, one of the nation's most revered patriots, is assassinated by an ultra-right-wing military officer. Seeing the nation sharply divided between the right and the left soon after the 1945 independence from Japanese colonial rule, Kim made his utmost efforts to mediate an... 14:00 Jun. 25
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    Today in Korean history

    June 25 1916 -- Japan, which colonized Korea from 1910-1945, begins construction on the office of the governor-general inside Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal residence of Korea's Joseon Dynasty in central Seoul. The colonial headquarters exercised supreme authority over the peninsula, with i... 14:00 Jun. 24
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    June 24 1910 -- Japan deprives Korea's Joseon Dynasty of its police power before stripping Korea of its sovereignty later that year. 2001 -- A North Korean fishing boat crosses over the Northern Limit Line, the de facto inter-Korean maritime border, in the West Sea before returning northw... 14:00 Jun. 23
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