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Today in Korean history

All Headlines 14:00 December 01, 2011

Dec. 2

1946 -- Korean independence fighter Syngman Rhee, 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 of Japan's defeat in World War II.

The liberation, however, was followed by the division of the peninsula, with U.S. forces occupying the southern half and troops from the Soviet Union taking control of the northern half, and the 1950-53 Korean War.

1952 -- Then U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower visits South Korea.

2002 -- Kookmin Bank and a new lottery operator, KLS consortium, begin selling lottery tickets.
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