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Today in Korean history

Today in Korean History 14:00 January 06, 2023

Jan. 7

1914 -- Ewha Hakdang (Ewha School), the first educational institute for women in Korea, establishes the country's first modern kindergarten.

1946 -- Rhee Syng-man, a strong advocate of Korean independence, issues a statement opposing Korea's placement under a five-year U.N. supervised trusteeship following Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule of Korea. Rhee became the first president of South Korea in 1948.

1949 -- South Korea and Japan sign a secret pact calling on the latter to return cultural properties looted during Japan's 35-year colonial rule of Korea.

1950 -- The Japanese government announces a decree forcing 620,000 ethnic Koreans living in Japan to register with the government.

2004 -- South Korea welcomes North Korea's offer to freeze its nuclear program.

2008 -- A fire breaks out at a cool warehouse under construction in the city of Icheon, Gyeonggi Province, killing 40 workers.

2013 -- Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt arrive in North Korea, despite suggestions by the U.S. government that the timing is not "helpful."

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