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    Today in Korean history

    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 servic... 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 reachin... 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 a... 14:00 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 officia... 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 es... 14:00 Mar. 27
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    March 27 1951 -- The Ministry of Education introduces a new school system -- six years for elementary school, three each for middle and high school, and four for university. 1971 -- The U.S. Army 7th Division withdraws after being stationed for two years in South Korea. 1982 -- The So... 14:00 Mar. 26
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    March 26 1910 -- Ahn Jung-geun, a Korean independence fighter who resisted Japanese colonial rule, is executed at a prison in China by Japanese authorities. Ahn was arrested in 1909 for assassinating Ito Hirobumi, the Japanese resident-general in Korea, at a railway station in Harbin, a city ... 14:00 Mar. 25
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    March 25 1929 -- Gyeongseong University, founded in 1924 by Japan, graduates its first students. After the end of World War II, the university was closed in 1946 and was later merged with other colleges into Seoul National University. 1949 -- Korea establishes an embassy in Washington... 14:00 Mar. 24
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    March 24 1881 -- A group of Joseon Dynasty Confucian scholars from the southeastern region of the Korean Peninsula present an appeal with 10,000 signatures to the royal throne, protesting the opening of trade and commerce to foreign countries. 1895 -- A Joseon Dynasty cabinet led by Kim H... 14:00 Mar. 23
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    March 23 1949 -- The United States dispatches John Muccio as its first ambassador to South Korea. 1990 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Bulgaria. 1992 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan. 2000 -- The North Korean navy announces its o... 14:00 Mar. 22
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    March 22 1962 -- President Yoon Bo-sun steps down in protest over the "political purification law" that the National Assembly passed to prevent members of previous administrations from returning to office. Yoon's resignation came about 10 months after Gen. Park Chung-hee seized control of the... 14:00 Mar. 21
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    March 21 1990 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Namibia. 1996 -- South Korea is elected to the executive board of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), which is in charge of developing copper, nickel, cobalt, manganese and other seabed mineral resources, the foreign... 14:00 Mar. 20
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    March 20 1902 -- A telephone line is established between Seoul and Incheon. 1958 -- A commercial airline starts flights between Seoul and Jeju. 1999 -- President Kim Dae-jung holds a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. 2011 --... 14:15 Mar. 19
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