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    May 4 1899 -- Streetcar services begin between Dongdaemun, once the main eastern gate of a wall surrounding Seoul, and Heunghwamun, the front gate of Gyeonghui Palace in the central part of the city. The revolution in electric transportation soon sparked public anger when a tram car struck an... 14:00 May. 03
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    May 3 1967 -- Park Chung-hee, who led a military coup in 1961, is re-elected as South Korea's sixth president. 1984 -- Pope John Paul II, the 264th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, visits South Korea. 1999 -- Choheung Bank, now merged with Shinhan Bank, announces a merger with Chu... 14:00 May. 02
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    May 2 1972 -- Lee Hu-rak, head of South Korea's state intelligence agency, makes a secret trip to North Korea under the orders of President Park Chung-hee to broker a historic inter-Korean agreement. 1992 -- South Korea and China sign the Agreement on the Encouragement and Reciprocal Pro... 14:00 May. 01
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    May 1 1923 -- The first Children's Day is celebrated in Seoul. Bang Jung-hwan, a children's author who was devoted to children's issues, was the first person to come up with the idea of Children's Day. The South Korean government later changed the date to May 5. 1948 -- The South Korean t... 14:00 Apr. 30
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    April 30 1946 -- The Military Language School, established by U.S. forces stationed in South Korea to teach English to local soldiers, closes after about five months of operation. The school in western Seoul was also aimed at providing instruction on American military methods to South Korea, ... 14:00 Apr. 29
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    April 29 1932 -- Yun Bong-gil attacks Japanese officials at a park in Shanghai where they gathered to celebrate the birthday of then Japanese Emperor Hirohito. The Korean activist threw two bombs he had hidden in lunch boxes onto the podium, killing seven top Japanese military leaders, in... 14:00 Apr. 28
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    April 28 1926 -- Song Hak-seon, a Korean fighter for independence from Japanese colonial rule, makes an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Makoto Saito, the Japanese governor general in Korea. 1960 -- Lee Ki-boong, who stepped down as vice president after the April 19 student revolutio... 14:00 Apr. 27
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    April 27 1926 -- King Yeongchin, the second son of King Gojong of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), succeeds King Seonjong during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. He had lived and studied in Japan since the age of 11, and his marriage to a Japanese aristocrat was arranged. 194... 14:00 Apr. 26
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    April 26 1926 -- Sunjong, the last emperor of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), dies at age 53. The second son of Emperor Gojong and Empress Myeongseong ascended the throne in 1907, when his father was forced to abdicate by Japanese imperialists. After the Korean Peninsula was officially annexe... 14:00 Apr. 25
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    April 25 1960 -- A group of college professors issues a statement accusing the autocratic government of President Rhee Syng-man of using the police force to crack down on pro-democracy student protesters. Several hundred students were killed or injured in a clash on April 19, 1960, trigger... 14:00 Apr. 24
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    April 24 1915 -- A group of South Korean journalists form an association of newspapers. 1960 -- Vice President Lee Ki-boong resigns following the April 19 Revolution. The student-led popular uprising, which took place after the country's first president, Rhee Syng-man, revised the Constituti... 14:00 Apr. 23
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    April 23 1919 -- A group of 24 leaders from Korea's independence movement declare the establishment of a provisional government in Shanghai aimed at gaining freedom from Japanese colonial rule. 1960 -- Prime Minister Chang Myun resigns after a military coup led by Gen. Park Chung-hee. ... 14:00 Apr. 22
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    April 22 1884 -- The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) opens its first post office in Seoul. 1906 -- The country's first bicycle race is held in Seoul. 1961 -- South Korea and Japan sign a treaty on trade and commerce. 1967 -- The South Korean women's basketball team finishes runner-up a... 14:00 Apr. 21
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    April 21 1965 -- South Korea and Gambia establish diplomatic relations. 1978 -- A Korean passenger jet makes an emergency landing on a frozen lake, 400 kilometers south of Murmansk, Russia, after it is shot at by a Soviet aircraft. The Korean Air Lines Flight 902 violated Soviet airspace ... 14:00 Apr. 20
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    April 20 1906 -- The Korean Empire, as the country was called in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, starts construction of its first paved road, called "sinjangno" (newly built road), over the 30 kilometers between Jeonju and Gunsan, South Jeolla Province. The new road replaced twisting ... 14:00 Apr. 19
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    April 19 1960 -- A pro-democracy civil uprising breaks out. The movement, spearheaded by students protesting widespread vote rigging in presidential elections by then President Syngman Rhee, later led to the downfall of the Rhee government, which had ruled the country for 12 years. 1983 ... 14:00 Apr. 18
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    April 18 1974 -- South Korea and Uganda establish diplomatic ties. 1975 -- North Korean President Kim Il-sung visits China for the first time in 14 years and holds talks with his Chinese counterpart, Mao Zedong. 1983 -- A fire breaks out at a discotheque in Daegu, about 300 kilomet... 14:00 Apr. 17
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    April 17 1880 -- Japan sets up a legation in Korea. 1968 -- South Korean President Park Chung-hee holds talks with his U.S. counterpart, Lyndon Johnson. 1976 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Bahrain. 2003 -- South Korea sends 20 soldiers to Iraq... 14:00 Apr. 16
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    April 16 1906 -- An express train from the southeastern port city of Busan travels 450 kilometers to Seoul in 11 hours, a record speed for that era. In 2004, the nation's new high-speed Korea Train Express, or KTX, covered that distance in about two hours and 40 minutes. ... 14:00 Apr. 15
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    April 15 1885 -- A British vessel patrolling East Asia occupies Geomun, a small island off the Korean Peninsula's south coast, on the pretext of blocking southward expansion by Russia. 1910 -- Korean linguist Ju Si-gyeong publishes a grammar book that consolidates the... 14:00 Apr. 14
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