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    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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    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... 14:00 Dec. 17
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    Dec. 17 1963 -- Park Chung-hee, a former Army general who took power through a coup in 1961, is sworn in as South Korea's fifth president. 1981 -- The government designates a coastal area in South Jeolla Province as a national park. 1998 -- Chung Ju-yung, honorary chairman of... 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. 1998 -- South Korea pledges US$42.5 million in economic assistance to Vietnam as President Kim Dae-jung and his Vietnamese counterpa... 14:00 Dec. 14
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    Dec. 14 1926 -- Independence fighter Kim Koo is inaugurated as chief marshal of the Korean Provisional Government, which was set up in Shanghai, during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910-1945. 1950 -- The United Nations approves a resolution for the establishment of a U... 14:00 Dec. 13
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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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    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 hij... 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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    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. 1991 -- South Korea joins the International Labor Organization as it... 14:00 Dec. 08
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    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. 2... 14:00 Dec. 07
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    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 -- Pres... 14:00 Dec. 06
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    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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    Dec. 5 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 announces measures to further liberalize its foreign exchange market, under which individuals ar... 14:00 Dec. 04
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    Dec. 4 1884 -- Kim Ok-kyun, Pak Yong-hyo and other young reformist officials, supported by the Japanese government, briefly seize power in a coup, seeking to modernize and open Korea's last kingdom, the Yi Dynasty. The new group believed Korea should emulate Japan, which institutionalized ref... 14:00 Dec. 03
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    Dec. 3 1952 -- The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution calling for the transfer of all Korean War prisoners to a politically neutral location. 1995 -- Former President Chun Doo-hwan is indicted on corruption charges, as well as for his role in the coup through which he ro... 14:00 Dec. 02
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    Dec. 2 1946 -- Korean independence fighter Rhee Syng-man, who later became South Korea's first president, visits the United States with a proposal that his country set up its own government. Korea had regained sovereignty the previous year after 35 years of Japanese colonial rule, as a result ... 14:00 Dec. 01
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    Dec. 1 1980 -- The state-run Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) airs the nation's first color television broadcast. 1992 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with South Africa. 1998 -- Hyundai Motor Co. becomes the owner of Kia Motors Corp., a month after it secured the right ... 14:00 Nov. 30
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    Today in Korean history

    Nov. 30 1980 -- Local television and radio stations TBC and DBS air their last programs in the wake of the Chun Doo-hwan government's forcible merger and closure of media outlets nationwide. Chun, a general who seized power through a coup in 1979, gagged the press to prolong his regime. 1... 14:00 Nov. 29
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