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    Aug. 14 1961 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Gabon. 1965 -- South Korea's parliament ratifies the normalization agreement signed between Seoul and Tokyo. Under the treaty, South Korea received grants and loans in return for abandoning its demand for compensation for J... 14:00 Aug. 13
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    Aug. 13 1935 -- "The Evergreen," a novel by Shim Hun depicting the lives of an educated couple trying to "enlighten" farmers, wins a literary prize presented by the Dong-Ah Ilbo newspaper. The novel, based on real-life experience, portrays the impoverished Korean countryside under Japanese co... 14:00 Aug. 12
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    Aug. 12 1966 - In an editorial in its main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, North Korea promulgates the policy of "juche," meaning self-reliance, claiming ideological independence from its allies -- the Soviet Union and China -- at that time. 1971 - South Korea's National Red Cross sugges... 14:00 Aug. 11
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    Aug. 11 661 -- China's Tang Dynasty (618-907) launches another series of attacks against Pyongyang, the capital of the kingdom of Goguryeo, established in 37 B.C., and incorporating territory of what is now North Korea and northeastern China. Tang forces, under the leadership of Su Dingfang,... 14:00 Aug. 10
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    Aug. 10 1934 -- A massive flood hits the southern part of Korea, leaving 800 people dead. 1940 -- Two major Korean vernacular dailies, the Chosun Ilbo and the Donga Ilbo, are closed by Japan's colonial authorities because of their anti-Japan stances. Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula f... 14:00 Aug. 09
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    Aug. 9 1936 - Sohn Ki-jung wins the marathon at the 11th Olympics in Berlin. Sohn, a Korean, ran for Japan, which occupied the Korean Peninsula from 1910-1945. 1985 - North Korea dedicates the Koryo Hotel in its capital of Pyongyang in a joint venture with a French firm. The twin tower ho... 14:00 Aug. 08
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    Aug. 8 1953 -- The South Korea-U.S. mutual defense treaty is initialed in Seoul and later signed in Washington on Oct. 1. 1960 -- The second republic, led by former President Yoon Bo-sun, is launched. 1969 -- Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC-TV) starts operations. 1973 -- Former P... 14:00 Aug. 07
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    Aug. 7 1933 -- Korea's first female pilot, Park Kyung-won, dies in a plane crash. 1990 - In its first report on AIDS, South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare says the number of South Koreans infected with HIV, the AIDS-causing virus, reached 100. As of the end of June 2006, the cumu... 14:00 Aug. 06
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    Aug. 6 1902 -- Kim So-wol, known as "the Koreans' poet," is born into an upper-class family in a mountain village in North Pyongan Province, now located in North Korea. Kim married at 14, graduated from high school and went to Tokyo to attend college. After returning home, he began writing... 14:00 Aug. 05
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    Aug. 5 1952 -- President Rhee Syng-man, 77, is reelected for a second term. After finishing his graduate studies at Harvard and Princeton universities, he worked toward establishing Korea's independence from Japanese colonial rule and held a representative position in the Korean provisional g... 14:00 Aug. 04
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    Aug. 4 1926 -- Soprano Yun Sim-deok and her lover, playwright Kim U-jin, commit suicide by jumping into the sea from a ship traveling between Japan and the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. They were both 29. Yun, born into a poor family in Pyongyang, became a music teacher with her ... 14:35 Aug. 03
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    Aug. 3 1983 - Samsung Electronics Co. declares that it is the world's third firm to develop 64K dynamic random access memory (DRAM) after companies in the United States and Japan. 2005 - A Seoul National University research team, led by Hwang Woo-suk, announces the cloning of a dog, which ... 14:00 Aug. 02
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    Aug. 2 1953 -- The U.S. military command moves its headquarters to Yongsan in central Seoul. 1980 -- Color television sets become available for the first time in South Korea. 1993 -- Chang Kang-je, the publisher and owner of the Hankook Ilbo-Korea Times group, dies after a long illne... 14:00 Aug. 01
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    Aug. 1 1943 -- Japan begins conscripting Koreans into the military during its colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. Japan's leaders had long hesitated to implement a conscription system in Korea after the annexation of the country in 1910 due to fears that Koreans, once armed as part of th... 14:00 Jul. 31
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    July 31 1959 -- Cho Bong-am, leader of the "Jinbo" (Progress) Party, is executed after being convicted of violating the anti-communist National Security Law by engaging in pro-communist activities. While Korea was under Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945), Cho was an independence activist w... 14:00 Jul. 30
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    July 30 1953 -- The U.S. Senate passes a bill to spend US$200 million to rehabilitate war-ravaged South Korea. The Korean War, which began in June 1950, when North Korea invaded the South, ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, three days earlier. 1953 -- Yok Do-san, a North Korea-b... 14:00 Jul. 29
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    July 29 1948 -- The 14th Olympic Games opens in London, with South Korea sending a delegation for the first time. The Korean Peninsula was liberated from Japanese colonial rule in 1945 after 36 years of occupation. 1983 -- South Korea's population tops 40 million, making it the third most... 14:00 Jul. 28
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    July 28 1984 -- South Korea finishes seventh at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles with six gold medals, six silver and seven bronze. 1998 -- South Korea and Russia agree to cooperate to resolve a diplomatic dispute triggered by allegations of espionage by a South Korean intelligence agent. ... 14:00 Jul. 27
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    July 27 1953 -- Representatives of North Korea, China and the United States sign the Armistice Agreement to end the Korean War. The war broke out on June 25, 1950, when North Korea started bombarding northern South Korea early in the morning. 1961 -- South Korea and Niger in wester... 14:00 Jul. 26
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    July 26 1950 -- About 300 South Korean civilian refugees are killed by retreating U.S. troops at Nogun-ri, a village in central South Korea, during the early weeks of the Korean War. In 1999, after repeated denials, the U.S. government under then President Bill Clinton acknowledged that t... 14:00 Jul. 25
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