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Today in Korean history

2017/06/17 14:00

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June 18

1918 -- The Japanese colonial regime completes a research project on land ownership in Korea after eight years of collecting data. The large-scale project was aimed at documenting land ownership on the Korean Peninsula and modernizing data management but ended up leading to the consolidation of land acquisitions by the Japanese, who had not been legally allowed to own land in Korea.

Many Korean farmers lost their property during the registration process, with their land sold to Japanese companies or individuals. Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula from 1910-1945.

1953 -- South Korea's President Rhee Syng-man releases 25,000 anti-communist North Korean prisoners of war from a prison camp on the southeastern island of Geoje, where there was frequent conflict between sympathizers of the North and the South. The release was made about one month before the signing of an armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

1964 -- South Korea signs a trade treaty with Burma.

1976 -- The South Korean government announces its fourth economic development plan. The administration at the time under general-turned-President Park Chung-hee first introduced a five-year plan in 1962 to industrialize the agriculture-based economy. Together, the plans helped large companies grow and households raise their incomes, but the nation had to shoulder heavy debts from other countries to finance the projects.

2002 -- The South Korean men's national soccer team defeats Italy 2-1 and advances to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. South Korea, which co-hosted the tournament with Japan, made it to the semifinals before falling to Germany.

2013 -- South Korea qualifies for its eighth consecutive FIFA World Cup.

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