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Today in Korean history

Today in Korean History 14:00 December 24, 2018

Dec. 25

1971 -- A fire at Seoul's Daeyeongak Hotel kills 166 people and injures 88 others.

1978 -- Football player Cha Bum-kun becomes the first South Korean to join the Bundesliga in Germany.

1997 -- President-elect Kim Dae-jung names Lee Jong-chan, the vice chairman of the National Congress for New Politics, as the head of a committee to take over power from the Kim Young-sam government.

2002 -- South and North Korea hold working-level talks to discuss cooperation in maritime affairs.

2006 -- South Korea selects two finalists to compete to become the country's first astronaut. Ko San, a researcher at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, was selected over Yi So-yeon in September 2007. Ko was later replaced by Yi due to violations of training protocol.

2012 -- South Korea announces a 100 billion won project to launch its first oceanographic research ship by 2012.
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