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    Oct. 29 1950 -- President Rhee Syng-man visits Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, after U.N. forces regained control of the city following a successful landing at Incheon during the Korean War. 1995 -- South Korea's annual exports hit the US$100 billion mark for the first time in histor... 14:00 Oct. 28
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    Oct. 28 1991 -- South Korea and Romania sign an accord on cultural exchanges. 1995 -- South Korea's exports top US$100 billion. In 2005, the country's overseas shipments reach a record US$284.7 billion and post double-digit growth for the third straight year. 2000 -- Unionized pilots at... 14:00 Oct. 27
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    Oct. 27 1883 -- The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) concludes a trade agreement with Germany. 1905 -- The Korean National Red Cross is established. 1979 -- Prime Minister Choi Kyu-hah becomes the acting head of state, one day after President Park Chung-hee was assassinated by his intelligence... 14:00 Oct. 26
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    Oct. 26 1895 -- The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) introduces the Gregorian calendar, replacing the lunar calendar. 1950 -- South Korean and U.S.-led U.N. troops advance to the border with China during the 1950-53 Korean War. About 1 million Chinese soldiers later intervened, temporarily... 14:00 Oct. 25
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    Oct. 25 1995 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Laos. 1996 -- The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development admits South Korea as its 29th member. 2002 -- North Korea officially rejects a U.S. demand for the dismantlement of its nuclear program and instead... 14:00 Oct. 24
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    Oct. 24 1974 -- Journalists at the Donga Ilbo, a major South Korean newspaper, launch a free press campaign, denouncing government censorship and surveillance of the press under the authoritarian Park Chung-hee administration. The campaign resulted in the firing of nearly 180 of the paper's r... 14:00 Oct. 23
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    Oct. 23 1936 -- The first bridge built over the Han River opens, connecting the Yongsan area of Seoul to Noryangjin in the southern part of the capital. 1996 -- Ahn Doo-hee, who assassinated freedom fighter Kim Koo in 1949, is killed by one of Kim's supporters, Kwon Joong-hwi. 2000 --... 14:00 Oct. 22
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    Oct. 22 1950 -- American-led U.N. forces advance to Korea's border with China a little more than a month after the Incheon landing, which turned the tide of the Korean War. The U.N. forces were later forced to retreat by Chinese soldiers who crossed the border to aid North Korea's attack. ... 14:00 Oct. 21
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    Oct. 21 1994 -- A section of the Seongsu Grand Bridge spanning the Han River collapses, killing 32 people and injuring 17 others. The victims were mostly students aboard a bus that plunged into the water. Later on the same day, North Korea and the United States sign an agreement to end a n... 14:00 Oct. 20
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    Oct. 20 1948 -- A group of soldiers in Yeosu, a port city 455 kilometers south of Seoul, rebels against the South Korean government, which had just been established. The soldiers, who supported reunification of the two Koreas, refused the government's order to put down civil protests on Jeju ... 14:00 Oct. 19
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    Oct. 19 1906 -- The Kyunghyang Shinmun local daily is founded. 1950 -- United Nations soldiers capture Pyongyang during their northward advance in the 1950-53 Korean War. The conflict erupted on June 25 of that year when the North's military invaded the South. 1955 -- North Korea and ... 14:00 Oct. 18
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    Oct. 18 1979 -- Martial law is declared in Busan and Masan after a series of violent anti-government protests in the southern coastal region. The tension spread nationwide, and eight days later on Oct. 26, then President Park Chung-hee was assassinated by his intelligence chief, Kim Jae-kyu. ... 14:00 Oct. 17
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    Oct. 17 1972 -- President Park Chung-hee declares martial law nationwide and dissolves the National Assembly. The following month, the government introduced a new constitution, known as the "Yushin" (Revitalizing Reform) Constitution, which greatly expanded presidential powers and allowed Par... 14:00 Oct. 16
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    Today in Korean history Oct. 16 1945 -- Dr. Rhee Syng-man returns home after decades of exile in the United States, two months after Japan's surrender at the end of World War II and the end of its colonial rule over the Korean Peninsula. Rhee is elected South Korea's first president three... 14:00 Oct. 15
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    Oct. 15 1949 -- South Korea and Japan sign a trade cooperation agreement, the first official document inked between the two neighbors since the Korean Peninsula was liberated from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. The two nations normalize relations 16 years later in 1965. 1963 -- Retired A... 09:00 Oct. 14
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 14 1903 -- The Joseon Dynasty closes Suminwon, an office overseeing overseas travel by Koreans. 1955 -- South Korea and Japan resume bilateral trade for the first time since Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. The countries normalized their diplomatic ties in 1965. ... 14:00 Oct. 13
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    Oct. 13 2000 -- President Kim Dae-jung is chosen as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee made the selection in recognition of his decadeslong work for democracy and human rights in South Korea and East Asia. Kim's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Jun... 14:00 Oct. 12
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 12 1897 -- The Daehan Empire is established, with King Gojong of the Joseon Dynasty becoming its emperor. 1923 -- Ferry service opens between the ports of Masan, Korea, and Osaka, Japan. 1949 -- South Korea establishes its Air Force. 1962 -- North Korea signs a border treaty w... 14:00 Oct. 11
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    Oct. 11 1989 -- The state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute is launched. 1996 -- South Korea joins the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as its 29th member state. 2000 -- U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meets Cho Myong-rok, vice chairman of North Korea... 14:00 Oct. 10
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    Today in Korean history

    Oct. 10 1932 -- Korean independence fighter Lee Bong-chang, who attempted to assassinate Japanese Emperor Hirohito, dies at a prison in Japan. The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910 to 1945. 1990 -- South and North Korea host a joint film festival in New York for... 14:00 Oct. 09
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