1946 -- Korean independence fighter Rhee Syng-man, 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.
2014 -- The National Assembly passes the government's 2015 budget bill, meeting the Dec. 2 deadline set by the Constitution for the first time in 12 years.
2015 -- "Juldarigi," a traditional Korean folk game of tug-of-war, is added to UNESCO's intangible heritage list along with similar traditions performed in Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines.
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