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Today in Korean history

All News 14:00 April 18, 2017

April 19

1960 -- A pro-democracy civil uprising breaks out. The movement, spearheaded by students protesting widespread vote rigging in presidential elections by then President Syngman Rhee, later led to the downfall of the Rhee government, which had ruled the country for 12 years.

1983 -- Notorious burglar Jo Se-hyeong is arrested again while hiding in a house in Seoul five days after he fled during his trial.

1991 -- Then President Roh Tae-woo holds a summit on the southern island of Jeju with then Soviet President Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev.

1998 -- Lee Bong-joo sets a new South Korean record of 2:07:44 in a men's marathon in the Netherlands.

1999 -- Then Daewoo Group Chairman Kim Woo-choong announces a group-wide restructuring plan.

1999 -- Queen Elizabeth II makes a state visit to South Korea.

2000 -- Slugger Lee Seung-yeop becomes the youngest baseball player ever to hit 150 homers.

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