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    Today in Korean history

    Feb. 16 1942 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is born. He took power after his father Kim Il-sung, founder of the communist country, died in 1994. 1945 -- Poet Yoon Dong-ju dies in a prison in Japan at the age of 29. Born in Manchuria, northeastern China, he studied in Pyongyang and Seo... 14:00 Feb. 15
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    Feb. 15 1894 -- Farmers and other working-class people rise up against corrupt bureaucrats in the southwestern area of the Korean Peninsula, triggering the nationwide "Donghak" movement. The Joseon Dynasty brutally suppresses the uprising with the help of the Chinese and Japanese militaries. ... 14:00 Feb. 14
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    Feb. 14 1910 -- Korean independence fighter An Jung-geun is sentenced to death for the assassination of Japanese Governor-General Hirobumi Ito in October of the preceding year. 1970 -- Thirty-nine passengers from a Korean Air aircraft hijacked by North Korea some two months earlier retur... 14:00 Feb. 13
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    Feb. 13 1969 -- The Korean Central Intelligence Agency announces its arrest of Lee Su-geun, a North Korean spy who entered South Korea posing as a defector in 1967. Lee was executed on July 3, 1969. 2000 -- South Korean marathon runner Lee Bong-ju sets a new South Korean record ... 14:00 Feb. 12
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    Feb. 12 1975 -- President Park Chung-hee wins a popular vote of confidence for his Yushin (Revitalizing Reforms) Constitution, which allows for his extended rule, following a national referendum. 1981 -- South Korea opens diplomatic ties with Lebanon. 1985 -- The 12th National Assembl... 14:00 Feb. 11
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    Feb. 11 1940 -- The Japanese colonial regime orders all Koreans to adopt Japanese names. 1951 -- As the indiscriminate killings continue for a third day, 500 more villagers are shot and killed in Geochang, a county in the southeast of the country, by South Korean soldiers who wrongfully ... 14:00 Feb. 10
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    Today in Korean history

    Feb. 9 1945 -- The Korean provisional government declares war against Japan and Germany. 1967 -- The Status of Forces Agreement, which governs the rights and responsibilities of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, goes into effect. 1990 -- South Korea's ruling party and two oppositi... 14:00 Feb. 08
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    Feb. 8 1919 -- A group of Korean students in Japan denounces the Japanese colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula and holds a ceremony at the YMCA building in Tokyo to declare Korea's independence. Korea was occupied as a colony by Japan from 1910 to 1945. 1944 -- Japanese colonial authorit... 14:00 Feb. 07
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    Feb. 7 1964 -- South Korea and Kenya forge diplomatic ties. 1992 -- South Korea and Turkmenistan forge diplomatic ties. 1999 -- South Korea inks an investment treaty with Israel. 2009 -- South Korea's Kim Yu-na wins the women's singles competition at the Four Continents figure ska... 14:00 Feb. 06
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    Today in Korean history

    Feb. 6 1964 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Kenya. 1972 -- The Cheongryong unit, one of the main South Korean contingents that participated in the Vietnam War at the United States' request, returns home. 1996 -- South Korea and Israel sign an investment guarantee and... 14:00 Feb. 05
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    Feb. 5 1893 -- The royal authorities of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) decide to establish the nation's first naval academy on Ganghwa Island, west of Seoul. Faced with growing pressure from foreign countries' military vessels that frequently appeared around the peninsula, the authorities pla... 14:00 Feb. 04
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    Today in Korean history

    Feb. 4 1921 -- Korean independence movement leaders operating in Manchuria attack Japanese forces at Chongjin Port on the northeastern coast and kill about 40 Japanese soldiers. Korea was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910 to 1945. 1966 -- The Korea Institute of Science and Technology... 14:00 Feb. 03
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    Feb. 3 1954 -- South Korea designates a civilian-restricted area between 5 and 20 kilometers south of the Southern Limit Line (SLL). The SLL is just 2 km south of the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas. 1989 -- Kim Hyun-hee, a North Korean citizen, is indicted for the 1987 b... 14:00 Feb. 02
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    Feb. 2 1957 - The Korean Poets' Association is launched. 1968 - The United States begins secret talks with North Korea to resolve the issue of Pyongyang's capture of the USS Pueblo. The 906-ton U.S. spy ship was attacked and seized by the North on Jan. 23, 1968. One American sailor was ... 14:00 Feb. 01
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    Feb. 1 1952 -- The Korea Veterans Association is launched. 1968 -- Construction of the Seoul-Busan expressway begins. 1989 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Hungary, marking South Korea's first establishment of diplomatic ties with a communist state. 1989 -- Sou... 14:00 Jan. 31
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    Jan. 31 1951 -- The United Nations calls China an "invader" after the People's Liberation Army enters the Korean War. 1986 -- Do Jae-sung, then a secretary at the South Korean Embassy in Beirut, is abducted by Islamic militants. 1997 -- Prosecutors arrest Hanbo Group Chairman Chung Ta... 14:00 Jan. 30
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 30 1954 -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launches its Korean committee. 1967 -- The Korea Exchange Bank is founded. 1974 -- South Korea and Japan sign an agreement on the zoning of their continental shelves. 1992 -- North Kor... 14:00 Jan. 29
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 29 1990 -- The Ministry of National Defense announces a plan to rearrange U.S. Air Force bases in the country, including the withdrawal of those in Daegu, Gwangju and Suwon. 1992 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Uzbekistan. 2001 -- South and North Korea hold their ... 14:00 Jan. 28
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 28 1898 -- The first telephone service starts in Korea. 1981 -- President Chun Doo-hwan visits the United States to meet with U.S. President Ronald Reagan. 1992 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Kazakhstan. 2003 -- Lee Jong-wook is elected as director-general of... 14:00 Jan. 27
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    Today in Korean history

    Jan. 27 1883 -- The Joseon Dynasty designates the "Taegeukki" as the national flag. 1959 -- Lee Dong-jun, a correspondent of the Soviet Union's Pravda newspaper in Pyongyang, defects to South Korea through the truce village of Panmunjom. 1971 -- South Korea puts the Vienna Convention ... 14:00 Jan. 26
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