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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 15 1987 -- Doctor Kim Man-cheol and 10 of his family members leave North Korea's eastern port of Chongjin to defect to South Korea. The family arrives in Seoul on Feb. 8 after passing through Japan and Taiwan. 1990 -- South Korea and Algeria agree to establish diplomatic relations. ... 14:00 Jan. 14
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    Jan. 14 1963 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Canada. 1967 -- Ninety-four people are killed when the passenger ship Hanil-ho collides with a Navy vessel. 1978 -- South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee is abducted by North Korean agents in Hong Kong, two weeks before her husband... 14:00 Jan. 13
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    Jan. 13 1903 -- A group of more than 100 Koreans lands in Honolulu, Hawaii, after traveling across the Pacific Ocean on the S.S. Gaelic, marking the first wave of Korean emigration to the United States. 1969 -- Samsung Electric Industries Co., now Samsung Electronics Co., is founded in th... 14:00 Jan. 12
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    Jan. 12 1988 -- North Korea's Olympic Committee declares its decision to boycott the Seoul Olympics. 2001 -- Then U.S. President Bill Clinton expresses "regret" over the killing of South Korean citizens by U.S. soldiers during the 1950-1953 Korean War. He acknowledged that U.S. soldiers "... 14:00 Jan. 11
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    Jan. 11 1881 -- The royal authorities of Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) designate nine young officials for a mission to examine Japan's modernized social system and technology. The delegation stayed four months in the neighboring country, where a Western-style administration and advanced ... 14:00 Jan. 10
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    Jan. 10 1994 -- A South Korean expedition led by explorer Goh In-gyong reaches the South Pole on foot. 2003 -- North Korea withdraws from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty after the United States accuses it of running a clandestine atomic weapons program in violation of a 1994 treaty. ... 14:00 Jan. 09
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    Jan. 9 1901 -- Businessman Yoo Doo-po arrives in Hawaii, becoming the first Korean on the U.S. island. 1953 -- The Changgyeong ferry sinks off Busan, leaving 229 people dead. 1969 -- The Ministry of Education decides to require that male students at high schools and colleges receive m... 14:00 Jan. 08
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    Jan. 8 1932 -- Independence fighter Lee Bong-chang throws a grenade in a failed attempt to assassinate Japanese Emperor Hirohito during a military parade on the outskirts of Tokyo. Born in Seoul in 1900, Lee went to Shanghai at the age of 31, where he became a member of a youth patriot organi... 14:00 Jan. 07
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    Jan. 7 1914 -- Ewha Hakdang (Ewha School), the first educational institute for women in Korea, establishes the country's first modern kindergarten. 1946 -- Rhee Syng-man, a strong advocate of Korean independence, issues a statement opposing Korea's placement under a five-year U.N. supervi... 14:00 Jan. 06
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    Jan. 6 1926 -- Japan completes construction of the Japanese governor-general's office inside Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul. The Japanese colonial headquarters controlled the entire Korean Peninsula until Korea regained its sovereignty in 1945. The building later housed the national museum,... 14:00 Jan. 05
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    Jan. 5 1953 -- South Korean President Rhee Syng-man expresses his intention to resume diplomatic relations with Japan after meeting with the country's Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida. 1982 -- South Korea lifts nighttime curfew after 37 years. 2003 -- South Korea and Russia agree to ... 14:00 Jan. 04
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    Jan. 4 1951 -- South Korean troops and United Nations-led coalition forces retreat from Seoul amid an offensive by North Korean and Chinese forces in what would later be known as the 1950-53 Korean War. 1991 -- South Korea and the United States revise the Status of Forces Agreement for t... 14:00 Jan. 03
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 2 1946 -- The Korean Communist Party announces its support for U.N. trusteeship of Korea. 1951 -- The government of President Rhee Syng-man begins prescreening of periodicals. 2004 -- South Korea's foreign ministry summons the Japanese ambassador and lodges a strong protest over... 14:00 Jan. 01
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    Jan. 1 1883 -- The port of Jemulpo, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, is renamed Incheon Port, and its functions are expanded to commercial trade with foreign partners. 1896 -- The Joseon Dynasty begins using the Gregorian calendar instead of the lunar calendar. 1905 -- All sections of th... 14:00 Dec. 31
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    Dec. 31 2007 -- President Roh Moo-hyun pardons Daewoo Group founder Kim Woo-choong and 74 convicted businesspeople, politicians, government officials and others in a year-end amnesty. Six death-row inmates, whose sentences were commuted to life imprisonment, were also included in the special ... 14:00 Dec. 30
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    Dec. 30 1970 -- Korea Telecom launches direct distance dialing nationwide, enabling customers to make long-distance calls without the assistance of an operator. 1990 -- Former President Chun Doo-hwan returns to his home in Seoul from Baekdam Temple in Gangwon Province, where he and his wi... 14:00 Dec. 29
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    Dec. 29 1967 -- Mount Jiri is designated as South Korea's first national park. 1980 -- South Korea and Libya establish ambassador-level relations. 1991 -- The Dongyang Daily News, a daily in South Korea's North Chungcheong Province, is founded. 2007 -- North and South Korea agre... 14:00 Dec. 28
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    Dec. 28 1908 -- After colonizing the Korean Peninsula in 1905, the Japanese colonial government establishes the Oriental Development Company in Seoul as an economic base to control Korea's land and business. Japan forced Korea to transfer the ownership of some state land to the company on the... 14:00 Dec. 27
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 27 1904 -- Korea's royal court under the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) appoints U.S. diplomat D.W. Stevens as its foreign affairs adviser. 1945 -- Top diplomats from the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union hold a meeting in Moscow and announce a five-year United Nations trustees... 14:00 Dec. 26
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    Dec. 26 1948 -- USSR forces complete withdrawal from North Korea. 1962 -- South Korea makes public a fifth amendment to its Constitution, which stipulates rules governing the presidency and creates a unicameral legislature. 1974 -- The Dong-A Ilbo, a daily newspaper, begins to suffer fr... 14:00 Dec. 25
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