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    Today in Korean history

    March 11 528 -- Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea that later unified the country, declares Buddhism as the national religion after a young monk martyrs himself. 1959 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Sweden. 1985 -- Roh Tae-woo, leader of the ruling Democra... 14:00 Mar. 10
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    March 10 1864 -- Choi Je-u, founder of "Donghak" (eastern learning), a movement of farmers against the feudal system and corrupt bureaucrats in the Joseon Dynasty, is executed in Daegu. He was charged with deceiving the public with false religious theories. The movement started in South J... 14:00 Mar. 09
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    March 9 1965 -- South Korea establishes trade and culture ties with Italy. 1989 -- The first inter-Korean sports meeting is held at the border village of Panmunjom. 2000 -- President Kim Dae-jung visits Germany and announces the Berlin Declaration, in which South Korea agreed in princ... 14:00 Mar. 08
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    Today in Korean history

    March 8 1965 -- South Korea establishes trade and culture ties with Italy. 1989 -- The first inter-Korean sports meeting is held at the border village of Panmunjom. 2000 -- President Kim Dae-jung visits Germany and announces the Berlin Declaration, in which South Korea agreed in princ... 14:00 Mar. 07
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    March 7 1946 -- An express train starts running on the Seoul-Busan line. 1972 -- South Korea and the United States begin a large-scale joint military exercise called "Team Spirit." 2003 -- Cliff Richard, a British pop star, performs in Seoul for the first time in 34 years. 2004 --... 14:00 Mar. 06
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    March 6 1883 -- King Gojong of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) proclaims the "taegukgi" to be the formal national flag. 1958 -- Twenty-six South Koreans return home after being held in North Korea for almost three weeks. They were taken to the North on Feb. 16 when a group of communist spi... 14:00 Mar. 05
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    Today in Korean history

    March 5 1920 -- The Chosun Ilbo begins publication. The newspaper later becomes one of the most popular dailies in South Korea. 1946 -- Socialist authorities governing the northern part of Korea announce a land reform law. The leadership, established one month earlier and tentatively name... 14:00 Mar. 04
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    March 3 1949 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with the Philippines. 1956 -- South Korea launches the Korea Stock Exchange, the country's first stock market operator for the main bourse. 1973 -- The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), a state-run television and radio netwo... 14:00 Mar. 02
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    March 1 1919 -- Millions of Koreans begin peaceful demonstrations nationwide, demanding independence from Japanese colonial rule. Thousands of Koreans were killed and tens of thousands were wounded when the Japanese military cracked down on the March 1 Independence Movement. 1943 -- Japan... 14:00 Feb. 28
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    Feb. 28 1948 -- Kim Koo, a Korean independence fighter and politician, publicly opposes the U.N.'s proposal to hold a separate general election in southern Korea. Kim said the election would lead to the division of the Korean Peninsula and that the communist-controlled northern Korea and the ... 14:00 Feb. 27
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    Feb. 27 1948 -- The South Korean government issues a statement claiming jurisdiction over Dokdo, the islets located roughly halfway between South Korea and Japan. Japan had previously stated that it did not recognize South Korea's claim to the islets in the East Sea. 1959 -- Jo Bong-am, ... 14:00 Feb. 26
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    Feb. 26 1948 -- The United Nations decides to conduct general elections in what is now South Korea, giving up on plans to establish a single Korean government after a Soviet-backed regime took control of the northern part of the peninsula. 1982 -- The U.S. Air Force announces the deploym... 14:00 Feb. 25
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    Feb. 25 1981 -- Chun Doo-hwan, a former Army general who staged a military coup in December 1979, is elected as South Korea's 12th president by the electoral college he handpicked. Chun's predecessor, Park Chung-hee, was assassinated by his intelligence chief. Chun ruled South Korea from 1981... 14:00 Feb. 24
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    Feb. 24 1961 -- South Korea and the Philippines sign a trade accord. 2007 -- South Korea and the United States announce that Seoul will reclaim wartime operational control of its forces from Washington on April 17, 2012. The agreement resolved one of the most controversial bilateral issue... 14:00 Feb. 23
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    Feb. 23 1904 -- The Korea-Japan Protocol is signed. The agreement imposed by Japan states that the Korean government must accept Japanese recommendations on the modernization of its facilities and provide strategic bases for Japanese troops if a third country invades Korea. On the pretext of ... 14:00 Feb. 22
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    Today in Korean history

    Feb. 22 1980 -- The South Korean government decides to boycott the Moscow Olympics, following the United States, West Germany, Japan and Canada. 1990 -- The Cabinet adopts a bill to create a fund for inter-Korean cooperation, one of the legal systems for supporting economic and social exc... 14:00 Feb. 21
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    Today in Korean history

    Feb. 21 1954 -- A vessel from South Korea carrying North Korean prisoners of war arrives in India. The group of 76 prisoners, who were held by southern authorities during the 1950-1953 Korean War, wanted to live somewhere other than Korea after their release. North Korean POWs in the South we... 14:00 Feb. 20
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    Today in Korean history

    Feb. 20 1920 -- The Korean Aviation School opens in Willows, California. Established by a group of Korean independence activists, the school produced pilots who fought against the Japanese colonial regime that ruled the country from 1910 to 1945. 1963 -- Students from the nation's first R... 14:00 Feb. 19
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    Feb. 19 1136 -- An uprising led by Myocheong, a Buddhist monk and royal adviser during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), is killed by the king's army. Myocheong, who supported an independent policy toward China and opposed conservative officials, suggested war against the Chinese kingdom and wa... 14:00 Feb. 18
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    Today in Korean history

    Feb. 18 1909 -- The Korean Empire, the successor of the Joseon Dynasty lasting from 1897 to 1910, announces national tax collection laws. Regional tax laws were formed three years earlier, yielding part of the tax income to local municipalities. 1910 -- The first commercial movie theater ... 14:00 Feb. 17
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