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    Oct. 9 1446 -- Sejong, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), unveils a new system of writing the Korean language to promote literacy and give the state, which had relied on the use of Chinese characters, its own alphabet. Known as Hangeul, it has since replaced Chinese charac... 14:00 Oct. 08
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    Oct. 8 1951 -- Panmunjom, a small village near the 38th parallel that forms the border between South and North Korea, is selected as the site of armistice talks on ending the fratricidal conflict. Negotiations dragged on, and a formal cease-fire agreement was not signed until almost two years ... 14:00 Oct. 07
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    Oct. 7 1950 -- The U.N. General Assembly authorizes U.S.-led U.N. forces to advance into the North Korean side of the inter-Korean border. The tide of the Korean War turned in favor of the U.N. side after U.S. General Douglas MacArthur landed forces at Incheon. The war ended in a stalemate in... 14:00 Oct. 06
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    Oct. 6 1956 -- South Korea and the United States sign a treaty for amicable trade. 1972 -- Seoul's population hits 6 million as a rural exodus accelerates and the country's industrialization picks up steam. 1986 -- Samsung Electronics succeeds in developing the world's first miniature... 14:00 Oct. 05
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    Oct. 5 1962 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Ecuador. 1978 -- South Korea adopts the "Nature Protection Charter," which is comprised of seven resolutions highlighting South Koreans' duties and education for natural preservation. 1986 -- South Korea holds a closing ... 14:00 Oct. 04
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    Oct. 4 1935 -- South Korea's first sound film "Chunhyangjeon" premieres at a Seoul theater. 1950 -- The American Forces Korean Network (AFKN) radio starts broadcasting. 2007 -- South Korea and North Korea announce the "Declaration of the Advancement of South-North Korean Relations, Pea... 14:00 Oct. 03
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    Oct. 3 1979 -- South Korea's National Assembly, controlled by President Park Chung-hee's ruling party, deprives Kim Young-sam, head of the then opposition New Democratic Party, of his parliamentary seat in connection with his anti-government activities. The ouster touched off nationwide pro-d... 14:00 Oct. 02
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    Oct. 2 1966 -- At the request of West Germany, the South Korean government under then-President Park Chung-hee dispatches 251 female nurses to the European nation, which experienced a shortage of workers amid the country's rapid economic growth. 1988 -- The 24th Summer Olympic Games... 14:00 Oct. 01
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    Oct. 1 1953 -- South Korea and the United States sign a mutual defense treaty about three months after the Armistice Agreement ending the Korean War was signed. 1958 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Thailand. 1999 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il meets with Chung Ju-... 14:00 Sep. 30
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    Sept. 30 1962 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Panama. 1981 -- The International Olympic Committee chooses Seoul as the host of the 1988 Summer Olympics. 1990 -- The Soviet Union establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea. 2013 -- The 38th-largest conglo... 15:13 Sep. 29
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    Sept. 29 1984 -- North Korea delivers humanitarian assistance, including rice and medicine, to South Korean victims of flooding, the first such exchange of aid since the 1950-53 Korean War. North Korea offered the assistance first, and South Korea accepted it. 1988 -- South Korea's women'... 14:00 Sep. 28
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    Sept. 28 1920 -- Ryu Gwan-sun (1902-20) dies in Seodaemun prison in Seoul where the young independence fighter was imprisoned and tortured for organizing and staging a nationwide independence movement against Japan's colonial rule of Korea (1910-45), known as the March 1 Manse Movement, in 19... 14:00 Sep. 27
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    Sept. 27 1983 -- Pope John Paul II visits Seoul and elevates to sainthood 103 Korean Catholic martyrs who were executed during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). 1988 -- Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson tests positive for drugs and is stripped of the gold medal he won a day earlier in the men's 1... 14:00 Sep. 26
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    Sept. 26 1950 -- South Korean and U.N. forces recapture Seoul, three months after the capital was overrun by North Korean invaders at the start of the Korean War. The North Koreans briefly retook Seoul four months later but were driven back by U.S.-led allied forces. 2009 -- Hundreds of S... 14:00 Sep. 25
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    Sept. 25 1920 -- The Japanese colonial government in Korea suspends the publication of the Donga Ilbo, a Korean-language daily, for allegedly defaming the Japanese imperial insignia in an editorial. 1987 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Somalia. 2000 -- South and Nort... 14:00 Sep. 24
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    Sept. 24 1987 -- South Korea and Bhutan forge diplomatic relations. 1991 -- President Roh Tae-woo delivers a speech at the United Nations. 1996 -- Robert Kim, a U.S. Navy officer, is arrested by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on charges of passing classified information on N... 14:00 Sep. 23
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    Sept. 23 1992 -- South Korea and Taiwan close their diplomatic missions in each other's capital after South Korea switched its diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China. 2002 -- North Korean athletes come to Busan, South Korea's largest port city, to participate in the 14th Asian Games. ... 14:00 Sep. 22
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    Sept. 22 1948 -- A law to punish Koreans who collaborated with the Japanese colonial regime (1910-1945) takes effect. The law, however, was ineffective because of implicit opposition from the U.S. military government and criticism from President Rhee Syng-man, who was supported by a number of... 14:00 Sep. 21
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    Sept. 21 668 -- The Goguryeo Kingdom, which was established in 37 B.C., is conquered by troops from a coalition of Korea's Silla Kingdom and China's Tang Dynasty. Considered the forerunner of modern-day Korea, the Goguryeo Kingdom stretched from areas of what is now North Korea to Manchuria i... 14:00 Sep. 20
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    Sept. 20 1985 -- Fifty South Koreans travel to Pyongyang and an equal number of North Koreans come to Seoul to participate in the first temporary reunion of family members separated since the 1950-53 Korean War. 1986 -- The 10th Asian Games open in Seoul. 1995 -- The Gwangju Biennale,... 14:00 Sep. 19
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