1881 -- A group of Joseon Dynasty Confucian scholars from the southeastern region of the Korean Peninsula present an appeal with 10,000 signatures to the royal throne, protesting the opening of trade and commerce to foreign countries.
1895 -- A Joseon Dynasty cabinet led by Kim H...14:00 Mar. 23
1949 -- The United States dispatches John Muccio as its first ambassador to South Korea.
1990 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Bulgaria.
1992 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan.
2000 -- The North Korean navy announces its o...14:00 Mar. 22
1962 -- President Yoon Bo-sun steps down in protest over the "political purification law" that the National Assembly passed to prevent members of previous administrations from returning to office. Yoon's resignation came about 10 months after Gen. Park Chung-hee seized control of the...14:00 Mar. 21
1990 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Namibia.
1996 -- South Korea is elected to the executive board of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), which is in charge of developing copper, nickel, cobalt, manganese and other seabed mineral resources, the foreign...14:00 Mar. 20
1902 -- A telephone line is established between Seoul and Incheon.
1958 -- A commercial airline starts flights between Seoul and Jeju.
1999 -- President Kim Dae-jung holds a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.
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1921 -- Na Hye-seok becomes the first female Korean painter to hold an exhibition in Korea. The exhibition was held at the headquarters of the Gyeongseong Ilbo newspaper in Seoul.
1971 -- The government begins construction on the nation's first nuclear power plant, Gori No. 1....14:00 Mar. 18
1912 -- The Japanese government establishes a judiciary system in Korea, a Japanese colony from 1910 to 1945. Under the system, defendants can make appeals three times as in Japan and European countries.
1935 -- The first telephone switchboard in Korea begins operations at a post o...14:00 Mar. 17
1950 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Sweden.
1964 -- Korean Air Lines Co. begins service between Seoul and Osaka, Japan.
2002 -- Twenty-five North Koreans who sought asylum at the Spanish Embassy in Beijing arrive in South Korea via Manila, the Philippines.
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1963 -- Park Chung-hee, the then acting president of South Korea after rising to power through a military coup in 1961, proposes a referendum for a presidential election. The announcement brings fierce criticism from opposition parties and civic activists, as the former general had p...14:00 Mar. 15
1919 -- Korean immigrants in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland and Mexico hold separate meetings on how to support and finance the independence movement in their homeland, which was then a Japanese colony. They contributed wages from working on farms to help independence fighters operating o...14:00 Mar. 14
1902 -- A groundbreaking ceremony is held in Mapo, central Seoul, to mark the beginning of construction on the Gyeongui railway linking Sinuiju, a city on the Korean Peninsula's border with China, and Busan, a southeastern port city.
1940 -- A cruise ship capsizes in the sea off ...14:00 Mar. 13
1946 -- A group of students stages protests against communism, spreading in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, in Hamheung, a city located in what is now North Korea. After Korea regained its sovereignty from Japan in 1945, fierce clashes between capitalists and communists co...14:36 Mar. 12
1948 -- Korean independence fighters, including Kim Gu and Kim Kyu-sik, issue a statement opposing a U.N. General Assembly resolution adopted Feb. 26 to hold a separate general election in southern Korea.
1971 -- South Korean ground troops assume responsibility for the defense of...14:00 Mar. 11
528 -- Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea that later unified the country, declares Buddhism as the national religion after a young monk martyrs himself.
1959 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Sweden.
1985 -- Roh Tae-woo, leader of the ruling Democra...14:00 Mar. 10
1864 -- Choi Je-u, founder of "Donghak" (eastern learning), a movement of farmers against the feudal system and corrupt bureaucrats in the Joseon Dynasty, is executed in Daegu. He was charged with deceiving the public with false religious theories.
The movement started in South J...14:00 Mar. 09
1965 -- South Korea establishes trade and culture ties with Italy.
1989 -- The first inter-Korean sports meeting is held at the border village of Panmunjom.
2000 -- President Kim Dae-jung visits Germany and announces the Berlin Declaration, in which South Korea agreed in princ...14:00 Mar. 08
1948 -- Kim Koo, an independence fighter and politician, sends a letter to North Korea proposing a meeting in Pyongyang of the leaders of the two Koreas.
1957 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Turkey.
1986 -- South Korea finishes third at the first Winter Asian G...14:00 Mar. 07
1946 -- An express train starts running on the Seoul-Busan line.
1972 -- South Korea and the United States begin a large-scale joint military exercise called "Team Spirit."
2003 -- Cliff Richard, a British pop star, performs in Seoul for the first time in 34 years.
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1883 -- King Gojong of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) proclaims the Taegeukgi to be the formal national flag.
1958 -- Twenty-six South Koreans return home after being held in North Korea for almost three weeks. They were taken to the North on Feb. 16 when a group of communist spies ...14:00 Mar. 05
1920 -- The Chosun Ilbo begins publication. The newspaper later became one of the most popular dailies in South Korea.
1946 -- Socialist authorities governing the northern part of Korea announce a land reform law. The leadership, established one month earlier and tentatively named...14:00 Mar. 04