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Today in Korean history

Today in Korean History 07:46 August 22, 2019

Aug. 23

1911 -- The Japanese colonial government, which ruled the Korean Peninsula from 1910 until 1945, announces a new public education system in Korea that prohibits the use of Korean language at schools.

1971 -- A group of 24 South Korean commandos, who trained on an island off the country's west coast called Silmido to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Il-sung, blows itself up while trying to enter Seoul on a stolen bus.

1974 -- President Park Chung-hee cancels two emergency acts prohibiting any attempts, requests or discussions to amend the Yushin Constitution, which gives him the right to appoint a large portion of the National Assembly. Park rose to power through a 1960 military coup.

1977 -- Bulgaria allows South Korean diplomats to enter its country, becoming the first Eastern European nation to do so.

1996 -- South Korea signs a visa waiver program with El Salvador.

1999 -- South Korea and China hold their first military talks since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War in Beijing. The two normalized diplomatic ties in 1992.

2001 -- President Kim Dae-jung holds a summit with the visiting Vietnamese head of state Tran Duc Luong.

2005 -- South Korean pop star Cho Yong-pil gives a concert in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan's colonial rule.

2009 -- The state funeral of the late President Kim Dae-jung takes place in Seoul, attended by tens of thousands of people, including incumbent President Lee Myung-bak. North Korea sent a group of delegates to the funeral. Kim died of pneumonia.

2015 -- South and North Korea open rare high-level talks at the border village of Panmunjom that separates the two Koreas. The talks that lasted for three days produced an agreement on defusing tensions heightened over a land mine blast blamed on the North in early August. The incident maimed two South Korean soldiers near the border.

2016 -- A 59-year-old man from the southern city of Gwangju was diagnosed with cholera. It was the first confirmed case of the water-borne disease infection in 15 years in South Korea.
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