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Today in Korean history

All News 14:00 January 12, 2017

Jan. 13

1903 -- A group of more than 100 Koreans lands in Honolulu, Hawaii, after traveling across the Pacific Ocean on the S.S. Gaelic, marking the first wave of Korean emigration to the United States.

1969 -- Samsung Electric Industries Co., now Samsung Electronics Co., is founded in the city of Daegu and begins manufacturing electronic appliances, such as TVs, calculators, refrigerators, air conditioners and washers. Samsung Electronics eventually became South Korea's largest company and the world's leading computer memory chipmaker.

2000 -- Park Tae-joon takes office as South Korea's 32nd prime minister. The founder and honorary chairman of steelmaking giant POSCO died of lung complications at the age of 84 in December 2011.

2006 -- South Korea agrees with the United States to resume imports of American beef without bones. The agreement lifts a U.S. beef import ban put in place in December 2003, when an outbreak of mad cow disease was reported in the U.S.

2007 -- Nine South Koreans kidnapped by Nigerian insurgents are released and officially handed over to South Korean authorities in the African country. The nine employees of South Korean builder Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. were abducted a week earlier when a group of unidentified insurgents stormed their sleeping quarters at a gas pipeline construction site in the southern state of Bayelsa.

2009 -- North Korea releases a Japanese drug smuggling suspect after five years in captivity in what appears to be a move to preserve relations with Japan. Yoshiaki Sawada, a former department director of Enterprise Co., Ltd, of Japan was arrested in North Korea in October 2003.

2012 -- South Korea's state election watchdog decides to allow candidates to use Twitter and other social networking sites for their election campaigns all year round. The decision by the National Election Commission (NEC) came after the Constitutional Court ruled that using such online and mobile media to reach out to voters "fits into the election law that seeks fair opportunity, transparency and low-cost campaigns."

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