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    Today in Korean history

    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 male students at high schools and colleges to receive mil... 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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    Today in Korean history

    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. supervis... 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. 2003 -- South Korea and Russia agree to cooperate to solve the North Korean nuclear issue in a peacefu... 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 the... 14:00 Jan. 03
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    Today in Korean history

    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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    Today in Korean history

    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... 14:00 Dec. 27
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    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... 14:00 Dec. 25
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    Dec. 25 1971 -- A fire at Seoul's Daeyeongak Hotel kills 166 people and injures 88 others. 1978 -- Football player Cha Bum-kun becomes the first South Korean to join the Bundesliga in Germany. 1997 -- President-elect Kim Dae-jung names Lee Jong-chan, the vice chairman of the National ... 14:00 Dec. 24
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    Dec. 24 1915 -- The colonial government of Japan in Korea issues a special order requiring Korean students to sing the Japanese national anthem at schools. 1958 -- The National Assembly rams through a proposal aimed at extending President Rhee Syng-man's term in office. 1970 -- T... 14:00 Dec. 23
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    Dec. 23 1963 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Ethiopia. The African country was among 16 countries that sent forces under the United Nations banner to fight in the 1950-53 Korean War. The country forges diplomatic relations with North Korea 12 years later. 1972 -- Presiden... 14:00 Dec. 22
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    Dec. 22 1145 -- "Samguksagi," a history book about the three kingdoms that reigned the Korean Peninsula from 57 B.C. to A.D. 668, is published by royal scholars, including Kim Bu-hik, at the instruction of King Injong of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). 1902 -- A group of 121 Koreans leaves... 14:00 Dec. 21
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 21 1905 -- Ito Hirobumi, the mastermind behind Japan's takeover of Korea, is named his country's first ruler of the Korean Peninsula. 1968 -- The Seoul-Incheon Highway is opened. 1979 -- Choi Kyu-hah is sworn in as South Korea's 10th president. 2001 -- Pitcher Park Chan-ho s... 14:00 Dec. 20
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 20 1974 -- North Korean spy Moon Se-gwang is executed for assassinating first lady Yook Young-su, the wife of President Park Chung-hee. 1979 -- A military court sentences KCIA chief Kim Jae-kyu and six others to death for assassinating President Park Chung-hee on Oct. 26, 1979. The m... 14:00 Dec. 19
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