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South Korea - Notable Historical Events

Syngman RheeJul 20, 1948

Harry TrumanJun 27, 1950

MacArthurJun 30, 1950

Kim Jong-ilJun 13, 2000

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South Korea - Historical Events
Date Event
1897-02-01

Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.

1945-09-09

Japanese in South Korea, Taiwan, China, Indochina surrender to Allies

1946-11-23

The Workers Party of South Korea is founded.

1948-07-20

Syngman Rhee elected President of South Korea

1948-08-15

Republic of Korea (South Korea) proclaimed (National Day)

1950-06-25

Korean conflict begins; North Korea invades South Korea

1950-06-27

North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

1950-06-28

North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea in opening phase of the Korean War

1950-06-30

US Gen MacArthur visits front in South Korea/asks for US troops

1950-07-01

1st 407 US soldiers flown to South Korea

1950-09-15

During Korean conflict, UN forces land at Inchon in South Korea

1950-11-18

South Korea President Syngman Rhee forced to end mass executions

1950-12-28

Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea

1952-12-14

Uprising of captives in Pongam South Korea, 82 die

1953-08-08

US & South Korea initial a mutual security pact

1963-12-17

Tsjoi Doo Sun forms government in South Korea

1966-08-15

Radio Free Asia (South Korea) begins radio transmission

1974-11-02

78 die when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burns down. Six of the victims jumped to their deaths from the seventh floor after a club official barred the doors after the fire started.

1979-10-26

Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May.

1980-05-18

Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms.

1980-05-27

The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.

1980-08-27

Chon Doo Hwan elected president of South Korea

1980-09-17

South Korea opposition leader Kim Dae Jung sentenced to death

1981-09-30

Seoul, South Korea, is selected to host 1988 Summer Olympics

1987-12-16

Roh Tae Woo elected president of South Korea

1988-02-25

South Korea adopts constitution

1991-02-12

North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition

1991-05-22

Roh Jai Bong resigns as premier of South Korea

1991-09-17

UN admits Estonia, Latvia, Lithuiania, North & South Korea, Marshall Islands & Micronesia

1992-08-24

Diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and South Korea.

1993-04-19

Fire in psychiatric institute in South Korea, kills 40

1993-07-26

Boeing 737-500 crashes in South Korea, 66 killed

1993-10-10

Ferry boat leaves for west coast of South Korea, 120 killed

1997-05-12

14 North Koreans defect to South Korea

2000-06-13

President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang.

2002-04-15

An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.

2002-06-29

Naval clashes between South Korea and North Korea lead to the death of six South Korean sailors and sinking of a North Korean vessel.

2002-06-30

Brazil beats Germany 2-0 for soccer's 17th World Cup in South Korea & Japan

2003-02-18

Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.

2004-03-12

Roh Moo-hyun, President of South Korea is impeached by its national assembly for the first time in the nation's history.

2004-05-14

The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.

2007-05-17

Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.

2007-10-02

President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea walks across the Military Demarcation Line into North Korea on his way to the second Inter-Korean Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

2007-12-07

The Hebei Spirit oil spill began in South Korea after a crane barge being towed by tug collided with the very large crude carrier, Hebei Spirit.

2008-02-10

The 2008 Namdaemun fire severely damages Namdaemun, the first National Treasure of South Korea.

2009-01-13

Global shipping experiences a drop in trade, as exports from South Korea dropping an annualised 30%, with Taiwan and Japan experiencing a 42% and 27% drop respectively

2010-11-23

The Bombardment of Yeonpyeong occurs on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea. The North Korean artillery attack kills 2 civilians and 2 South Korean marines.

2012-02-20

South Korea angers North Korea as it proceeds with live fire drills in disputed Korean sea borders

2012-07-05

South Korea announce plans to begin "scientific' whaling of minke whales

2012-12-05

8 people are killed and 12 injured by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in South Korea

2013-01-30

South Korea successfully launches its rocket Naro-1 which was carrying a scientific satellite

2013-03-08

North Korea terminates all peace pacts with South Korea

2013-03-11

North Korea cuts the phone line with South Korea, breaching the 1953 armistice

2013-03-16

Kim Yu-Na of South Korea wins the women's 2013 World Figure Skating Championships

2013-03-30

North Korea declares it is at a state of war with South Korea

2015-12-28

South Korea and Japan reach deal on 'comfort women'

2016-02-03

South Korea Warns North Korea Not to Launch Satellite

2016-02-10

North Korea's Rocket Launch Frays Ties Between South Korea and China

2016-03-03

North Korea fires several short-range projectiles into sea - South Korea

2016-03-07

South Korea, US begin exercises as North Korea threatens attack

2016-03-08

South Korea announces unilateral sanctions on North Korea

2016-03-10

South Korea considers approval of North Korea tuberculosis aid despite sanctions

2016-03-12

North Korea submarine 'missing' as US-South Korea drills continue

2016-03-18

North Korea Fires Missile Into Sea, South Korea Says

2016-04-01

North Korea Jamming GPS Signals Across Border, South Korea Says

2016-04-13

North Korea Threatens South Korea Over 13 Defectors

2016-04-18

South Korea Says North Is Preparing for 5th Nuclear Test

2016-05-05

China and Russia to hold anti-missile drill after US, South Korea talk defense

2016-05-31

South Korea Says North Korea Missile Launch Likely Failed

2016-08-03

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Into Sea, South Korea Says

2016-08-24

North Korea Seeks UN Meeting on US-South Korea Exercises

2016-08-24

Japan, China, South Korea agree to urge North Korea to stop provocation

2016-08-31

South Korea Says Top North Korean Official Executed

2016-09-13

US flexes muscle at North Korea, flying bombers over South Korea: reports

2016-09-21

US Flies Bombers Over South Korea Again in Show of Force

2016-11-29

South Korea's Park asks parliament to find way for her to step down

2017-01-16

South Korea Prosecutor Seeks Arrest of Samsung Group Leader in Bribery Case

2017-03-02

US, South Korea agree to strengthen cooperation on North Korea sanctions

2017-03-10

South Korea Removes President Park Geun-hye

2017-04-16

North Korean missile test fails, US and South Korea say

2017-04-27

South Korea, US warn of punishment for North Korea; US stresses sanctions

2017-05-03

Anger grows in South Korea over US anti-missile system

2017-07-07

Japan, South Korea, US demand greater Chinese effort on N.Korea

2017-07-29

South Korea to deploy more THAAD units after North Korea ICBM launch

2017-08-07

South Korea, US agree to pressure North Korea, China hopes for North-South talks

2017-09-07

South Korea deploys anti-missile system as US seeks tough North Korea sanctions

2017-12-04

South Korea, US kick off largest air exercise amid North Korean warnings

2017-12-21

South Korea fires warning shots after North soldier defects

2017-12-29

South Korea seizes HK-flagged vessel it says transferred oil to North Korea

2018-01-02

South Korea offers talks with defiant North ahead of Olympics

2018-01-03

North Korean leader orders border hotline with South Korea reopened on Wednesday

2018-01-05

North Korea accepts January 9 talks offer from South Korea

2018-01-09

North, South Korea to hold talks as Winter Olympics help break ice

2018-02-10

North Korea's Kim invites South Korean president for summit: South Korea

2018-02-23

South Korea says approved visit by sanctioned North Korean to pursue peace on peninsula

2018-02-26

South Korea says it hopes for constructive talks between US, North Korea

2018-03-04

South Korea to send high-level officials to North for talks

2018-03-09

China, Japan, South Korea bristle over US steel, aluminum tariffs

2018-03-20

US, South Korea announce annual military exercises to begin on April 1

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South Korea - Notable Birthdays

Syngman RheeMar 26, 1875

South Korea - Birthdays
Date Event
1875-03-26

Syngman Rhee, P'yŏngsan Hwanghae Province, first President of South Korea (1948-60)

1897-08-26

Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (d. 1990)

1917-09-30

Chung Hee Park, general/pres of South Korea (1961-79), assassinated

1919-07-16

Choi Kyuha, President of South Korea (d. 2006)

1926-01-06

Kim Dae-jung, President of South Korea and Nobel laureate

1927-12-20

Kim Young-sam, President of South Korea

1932-12-04

Roh Tae Woo, Taegu South Korea, President South Korea (1988-93)

1946-09-01

Roh Moo-Hyun, President of South Korea

1953-01-22

Myung-Whun Chung, Seoul South Korea, pianist/conductor (Chung Trio)

1958-06-25

Debbie Green, South Korea, volleyball player (Olympic-silver-1984)

South Korea - Notable Deaths

Syngman RheeJul 19, 1965

South Korea - Deaths
Date Event
1965-07-19

Syngman Rhee, first President of South Korea (1948-60), dies at 90

1990-07-18

Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (b. 1897)

1994-01-17

Chung Il Kwon, PM of South Korea (1964-70), dies

2009-08-18

Kim Dae-jung,15th President of South Korea (b. 1925)


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