Today in Korean History | Yonhap News Agency

1882 — The Joseon dynasty of Korea (1392-1910) and the United States enter into a trade agreement.

1907 — Lee Wan-yong, a Japanese politician and collaborator in the Joseon dynasty, is appointed prime minister. The Euijeongbu, the highest administrative body of the dynasty, is transformed into a Cabinet.

1963 — South Korea establishes diplomatic relations with Austria.

1974 — Construction of a tidal embankment is completed in Asan Bay, South Chungcheong Province.

1984 — Seoul Subway Line 2 opens.

1993 — Hyun Jung-hwa, a South Korean table tennis player, wins the women’s singles tournament at the 42nd World Table Tennis Championship.

2003 — The Korean Government Employees Union, a public workers’ union, sticks to its previous plan to hold a ballot on a strike.

2004 — The South Korean film ‘Old Boy’ wins the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, directed by Park Chan-wook, depicts an ordinary man trying to track down a stranger who kidnapped and held him for 15 years.

2006 — APTN, a television arm of the US news agency Associated Press, opens a bureau in Pyongyang, becoming the first Western media outlet to establish a permanent presence in the communist nation’s capital.

2006 — Lee Jong-wook, then director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), dies in Geneva, two days after collapsing while on duty at his Geneva office. Later, the South Korean WHO chief reportedly died of overwork as he prepared for the WHO’s annual meeting.

2013 — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sends a special envoy to China.

2014 — North Korea fires two artillery shells near a South Korean warship on patrol in the Western Sea. The shells landed in waters 14 kilometers south of Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea. No casualties or material damage were reported.

2020 — Prosecutors raid facilities of Shincheonji, a minor religious cult, as part of their investigation into allegations that members obstructed state efforts to contain the novel coronavirus in the early stages of the outbreak. pandemic. The Shincheonji sect accounted for 47 percent of the country’s total COVID-19 cases so far.

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