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    Today in Korean history

    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 Na... 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. 1949 -- More than 80 residents in Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang Province, are killed. The government first blamed the massacre on commu... 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 over 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 l... 14:00 Dec. 21
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    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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    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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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 19 1932 -- Korean independence activist Yun Bong-gil is executed in Japan for assassinating seven top Japanese military leaders. Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945. 1962 -- South Korea and Switzerland establish diplomatic ties. 1992 -- Opposition leader Kim Da... 14:00 Dec. 18
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 18 1973 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Bangladesh. 1991 -- President Roh Tae-woo says he will make the Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons. 1992 -- Kim Young-sam, a candidate of the ruling Democratic Liberal Party, is elected the 14th president of South Ko... 14:00 Dec. 17
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 17 1962 -- The fifth Constitutional Amendment is ratified by 78.78 percent of affirmative votes in the country's first-ever national referendum, reforming the administration into a presidential system and transforming the National Assembly into a unicameral house. 1963 -- Park Chung-hee... 14:00 Dec. 16
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    Dec. 16 1947 -- North Korea implements its first currency reforms in an effort to strengthen its economic system, separate from that of the Soviet Union, and to prevent the inflow of the South Korean currency. The country had used four kinds of bills issued by the Soviet military command s... 14:00 Dec. 15
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    Dec. 15 1928 -- The Salvation Army, which started missionary work in Korea in 1908, places a donation collection bucket on a Seoul street for the first time. 1970 -- The 362-ton Namyoung-ho, en route to the southern port city of Busan from Jeju, sinks in waters off islands near the southe... 14:00 Dec. 14
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    Dec. 13 1863 -- Emperor Gojong ascends to the throne at the age of 12 to become the 26th monarch of the Joseon Dynasty. His reign lasts until 1907, during which, his wife, Empress Myeongseong, is killed by Japanese assassins in 1895. Japan later annexes the country and rules the peninsula f... 14:00 Dec. 12
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 12 1948 -- The U.N. General Assembly recognizes the Republic of Korea, the official name of South Korea, as the legal government of Korea. 1979 -- Army Maj. Gen. Chun Doo-hwan stages a coup against President Choi Kyu-ha, ordering the arrest of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Jeong Seung-hwa ... 14:00 Dec. 11
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    Dec. 11 1952 -- South Korea joins the International Civil Aviation Organization. 1969 -- A Korean Air passenger flight from the eastern city of Gangneung to Seoul with 51 people aboard is hijacked by North Koreans and forced to land in Pyongyang. North Korea repatriated 39 of the hijacked pe... 14:00 Dec. 10
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    Dec. 10 1973 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with India. 2000 -- South Korean President Kim Dae-jung receives the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his efforts for reconciliation between South and North Korea, and for democracy and human rights in East Asia, becoming his... 14:00 Dec. 09
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 9 1930 -- The governor-general of Joseon, Japan's colonial administration maintained from 1910 to 1945 in Korea, announces its census figure for the Korean population as 21,057,969. Joseon was Korea's last dynasty. 1964 -- South Korea's first TV soap drama airs on TBC. 1991 -- Sout... 14:00 Dec. 08
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 8 1995 -- Former President Choi Kyu-hah receives a summons for testimony in relation to a coup and massacre in Gwangju. 1997 -- Daewoo Motor announces plans to take over Ssangyong Motor. 2002 -- South and North Korea agree to open a temporary road between Seoul and Sinuiju. 2003 ... 14:00 Dec. 07
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 7 1996 -- FIFA, the world's soccer governing body, decides at its headquarters in Zurich to have Seoul hold the opening ceremony and Yokohama the closing ceremony for the 2002 World Cup finals. South Korea and Japan successfully co-hosted the international football meet. 2001 -- Presid... 14:00 Dec. 06
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 6 1971 -- President Park Chung-hee declares a state of emergency in South Korea, citing a threatened invasion by North Korea. The move drastically curtails freedom of speech, thus helping him tighten his grip on power. 1979 -- The nation's electoral college, called the National Confe... 14:00 Dec. 05
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    Today in Korean history

    Dec. 5 1906 -- Ahn Ik-tae, the composer of South Korea's national anthem, is born in Pyongyang. 1907 -- Lee Eun, the crown prince of Korea's Joseon Dynasty, leaves for Tokyo on a Japan-imposed study tour three years before Japan colonizes the Korean Peninsula. 1994 -- South Korea anno... 14:00 Dec. 04
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