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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... 14:00 Sep. 04
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    Today in Korean history

    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 enrichmen... 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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    Today in Korean history

    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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    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 D... 14:00 Aug. 31
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    Today in Korean history

    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. 19... 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 Cross ... 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 senten... 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 embassy... 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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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 25 1936 -- The daily Dong-A Ilbo publishes a picture of Korean Olympic marathon gold medal winner Sohn Kee-chung with the Japanese flag on his chest erased. Sohn participated in the Berlin Olympics representing Japan, as Korea was a colony of the archipelago nation at the time. The Japan... 14:00 Aug. 24
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    Aug. 24 1945 -- A Japanese ship on its way to Korea's southern port of Busan from Japan, carrying 3,725 Koreans, explodes. The Ukishima-Maru was returning Koreans who had been forced to leave home and work in Japan during the 1910-45 colonial era. The incident happened a little more than a we... 14:00 Aug. 23
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    Aug. 23 1911 -- The Japanese colonial government, which ruled the Korean Peninsula from 1910 until 1945, announces a new public education system in Korea that prohibits the use of Korean language at schools. 1971 -- A group of 24 South Korean commandos, who trained on... 07:46 Aug. 22
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    Aug. 22 1946 - Seoul National University is established. The state-run university later emerged as one of the nation's top academic institutions. 1950 - South Korea starts drafting soldiers for the Korean War, which broke out on June 25 of that year. The war continued until 1953. The... 14:00 Aug. 21
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 21 1875 -- A Japanese warship attacks Ganghwa Island on the west coast of the Korean Peninsula in an attempt to expand Japan's influence in the neighboring country. 1980 -- Following a military coup, commanders of the armed forces appoint Gen. Chun Doo-hwan to serve as head of state.... 14:00 Aug. 20
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 20 1901 -- Construction begins on a railroad connecting Seoul and Busan. 1907 -- A modern barber shop opens at the royal court of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). 1971 -- Red Cross officials from the two Koreas meet for the first time since the 1950-53 Korean War. 2010 -- Sout... 14:00 Aug. 19
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 19 1964 -- South Korea joins the Inter-Parliamentary Union, an international organization of the parliaments of sovereign states. 1980 -- The Chun Doo-hwan administration forces 617 publishing companies to close by canceling their registrations with the culture ministry. The general-... 14:00 Aug. 18
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 18 1955 -- South Korea and Japan sever economic ties. 1972 -- Red Cross officials from the two Koreas establish a hotline. 1976 -- North Korean soldiers ax three U.S. military officers to death at the truce village of Panmunjom. 2009 -- Former President Kim Dae-jung, a lifelo... 14:00 Aug. 17
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 17 1901 -- Hansung Electric Co. holds a ceremony to mark the first time that electric lights are turned on in Seoul. 1962 -- Prime Minister Jang Myun is arrested without physical detention on anti-revolutionary conspiracy charges. 1964 -- South Korea establishes its journalists a... 14:00 Aug. 16
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    Today in Korean history

    Aug. 15 1945 -- Korea is liberated from Japan's colonial rule, which began in 1910. On the same day, Yeo Un-hyung (1886-1947), a left-leaning nationalist, sets up a national foundation preparation committee. 1948 -- The government of the Republic of Korea, or South Korea, is established. ... 14:00 Aug. 14
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