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Today in Korean history

National 14:00 April 21, 2019

April 22

1884 -- The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) opens its first post office in Seoul.

1906 -- The country's first bicycle race is held in Seoul.

1961 -- South Korea and Japan sign a treaty on trade and commerce.

1970 -- President Park Chung-hee launches the Saemaeul (new community) Movement aimed at restructuring the nation's economy. The nationwide campaign helped South Korea rebuild its economy from the ruins of the 1950-53 Korean War.

2001 -- American Paul Muenzen is appointed the head priest of Hyeonjeongsa, a Buddhist temple in North Gyeongsang Province. Muenzen, a former Catholic who became a Buddhist monk in 1987, became the first foreigner to head a Korean Buddhist temple.

2007 -- South and North Korea hold their 13th round of economic cooperation talks and agree to conduct test runs of cross-border railways in Kaesong, a North Korean town just north of the inter-Korean border, in May and make efforts to ensure a military guarantee for their safe operations.

2015 -- South Korea signs a deal with the United States for the start of full-fledged research into a new technique for spent nuclear fuel recycling.

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