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Today in Korean history

Today in Korean History 14:00 April 11, 2023

April 12

1950 -- South Koreans sweep the podium at the Boston Marathon, with Ham Kee-yong winning the prestigious marathon event.

1990 -- President Roh Tae-woo gives amnesty to Kim Hyun-hui, one of the North Korean agents responsible for the in-flight bombing of a South Korean passenger airplane in late 1987.

2002 -- The first South Korean-made high speed KTX train rolls out from a factory.

2003 -- South Korea's lottery gives out a 47 billion-won prize, the country's biggest ever.

2004 -- Chung Dong-young quits as chairman of the ruling Uri Party.

2007 -- The Supreme Court sentences Jeong Nam-gyu to death for murdering 13 people and injuring seven others between January 2004 and April 2006.

2011 -- South and North Korea reach an agreement to make an on-site survey of Mount Paekdu in mid-June after holding expert-led talks on the risk of a potential volcanic eruption at the mountain in May in Pyongyang or a convenient location.

2013 -- President Park Geun-hye apologized to her rival political party for "causing concern" over a series of resignations by her nominees for senior government posts.

2015 -- The South Korean Embassy in Libya is attacked by an armed group suspected to have ties to the Islamic State (IS), which fired some 40 machine-gun rounds as they drove past the building in a car. Two local police officers were killed, with no South Korean casualties.

2020 -- Former Prime Minister Chung Won-shik, known for his role in crafting a pact for inter-Korean reconciliation in 1991, dies after months of battling a kidney ailment. He was 91

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