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Events 1 - 79 of 79
1446-10-09 - The Hangul alphabet is published in Korea.
1905-01-26 - Han Yong-woon [Bongwan, Manhae] (1879-1944) ordained a monk in Korea
1919-03-01 - March 1st Movement begins in Korea.
1945-08-08 - USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea
1946-02-05 - The Chondoist Chongu Party is founded in North Korea.
1948-03-27 - The Second Congress of the Workers Party of North Korea is convened.
1948-05-01 - North Korean proclaims itself People's Democratic Republic of Korea
1950-06-25 - Korean conflict begins; N Korea invades S Korea
1950-06-25 - UN member states begin using integrated forces against N 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
33rd US President Harry Truman 1950-07-03 - 1st time US & North Korean forces clash in Korean War
1950-07-08 - Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea
1950-07-08 - Leroy Deans awarded 1st Order of Purple Heart in Korea
1950-07-14 - RE Wayne awarded 1st Distinguished Flying Cross in Korea
1950-08-01 - 1st Major League baseball player to fight in Korea (Curt Simmons)
1950-09-01 - 13 North Korean divisions open assault on UN lines
1950-09-15 - UN lands at Inchon to drive North Korean troops out of the south
1950-09-26 - UN troops in Korean War recapture South Korean capital of Seoul
1950-10-01 - South Korean troops cross 38th parallel into North Korea
1950-10-19 - UN forces entered Pyongyang, capital of North Korea
1950-11-04 - US troops vacate Pyongyang North Korea
1950-11-06 - Chinese offensive halts at Chongchon River, North Korea
1950-11-08 - 1st jet-plane battle ever, in Korean War
1951-01-01 - Massive Chinese/North Korean assault on UN-lines
1951-01-17 - China refuses ceases-fire in Korea
WW2 General Douglas MacArthur 1951-01-25 - UN begins counter offensive in Korea
1951-02-01 - UN condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea
1951-03-21 - 2,900,000 US soldiers in Korea
1951-03-31 - US tanks exceed 38° of latitude in Korea
1951-05-18 - US General Collins predicts use of atom bomb in Korea
1951-05-19 - UN begins counter offensive in Korea
1951-11-27 - Cease-fire & demarcation zone accord signed in Panmunjon Korea
1952-03-18 - Communist offensive in Korea
1952-10-08 - Chinese offensive in Korea
1953-02-17 - Baseball star/pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Korea
1953-07-14 - Communist offensive in Korea
1953-07-27 - North Korea & UN sign armistice
1954-03-01 - Ted Williams fractures collarbone in 1st game of spring training after flying 39 combat missions without injury in Korean War
1961-05-15 - 36 Unification church couples wed in Korea
1962-10-08 - N Korea reports 100% election turnout, 100% vote for Workers' Party
1963-07-24 - 124 Unification church couples wed in Korea
1968-01-23 - Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by N Korea
1968-02-25 - 430 Unification Church couples wed in Korea
1968-12-23 - 82 members of US intelligence ship `Pueblo' released by North Korea
1968-12-23 - North Korea releases Pueblo crew
1969-04-15 - North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea
1970-10-21 - 777 Unification church couples wed in Korea
1970-12-15 - Ferryboat capsized in Korean Strait drowning 261
1972-12-27 - New North Korean constitution comes into effect
1972-12-28 - Kim Il-song, becomes president of North Korea
1975-02-08 - 1800 Unification church couples' wed in Korea
1977-03-18 - US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, N Korea & Cambodia
1977-07-14 - North Korea shoots down US helicopter, killing 3
1982-10-14 - 6,000 Unification church couples wed in Korea
1994-10-21 - North Korea signs pact to end their nuclear projects
1997-05-12 - 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea
1998-08-31 - North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.
Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il 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.
2002-01-29 - In his State of the Union Address, United States President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
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.
2004-04-22 - Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.
2004-05-24 - Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.
2006-07-04 - North Korea tests four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2. The long-range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails in mid-air over the Sea of Japan/East Sea.
2006-07-05 - North Korea launched at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile.
2006-07-05 - Emergency United Nations Security Council meeting held at the U.N in New York City because of the North Korean missile tests a day before.
2006-10-09 - North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device.
2007-01-17 - The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
2007-02-23 - Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
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.
2009-04-05 - North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks.
2009-05-25 - North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests bulding tensions in the international community.
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.
43rd US President George W. Bush 2012-02-20 - South Korea angers North Korea as it proceeds with live fire drills in disputed Korean sea borders
2012-04-13 - North Korean long range rocket testing ends in failure after the rocket broke up after launch
2012-07-18 - Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army
2012-07-26 - North Korea is hit by Tropical Storm Khanun, killing 88 people and leaving 60,000 people homeless
2012-07-29 - Tropical Storm Khanun kills 88 people and leaves 60,000 homeless in North Korea
2012-09-03 - Typhoon Bolaven kills 48 people in North Korea
Birthdays 1 - 9 of 9
1912-04-15 - Kim II Sung, pres of North Korea (1945-94)
1929-03-06 - Ho Dam, North Korean secretary of State (1970-83)
1931-11-03 - Yon Hyong-muk, North Korean politician (d. 2005)
1938-07-03 - Shin Geum Dan, North Korea, 400m/800m runner (1962 world record)
1942-02-16 - Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea (1994-2011) [disputed birthdate, 1941]
1966-07-13 - Myong Hui Choe, North Korea, gymnist (Olympic-1980)
1972-03-04 - Pae Gil-Su, North Korean gymnast
1975-02-17 - Sung-Hee Park, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1993 Futures-Seoul)
1975-11-19 - Ju-Yeon Choi, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1995 Futures-Seoul-KOR II)
Deaths 1 - 6 of 6
1950-07-05 - Kenneth Shadrick, Pvt from WV becomes 1st US fatality in Korean War
1983-12-16 - Kusan Sunim, found Milae Sa temple/Bulsung Sa Zen in Korea, dies at 74
1994-12-09 - Kim II Sung, pres of North Korea (1945-94), dies at 82
2007-01-02 - Paek Nam-sun, North Korean Foreign Affairs minister (b. 1929)
2010-11-06 - Jo Myong-Rok, North Korean military official (b. 1928)
2011-12-17 - Kim Jong-il, supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) 1994-2011, dies of a suspected heart attack at 70