Today in Korean history (May 8)
May 8, 2017
•1442 -- King Sejong of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) orders the development of a rain gauge. The king is best known in Korea for inventing the Korean alphabet, hangeul.
•1902 -- A groundbreaking ceremony is held for a railway linking Seoul, now the South Korean capital, with Kaesong, which later becomes part of North Korea.
•1925 -- The Japanese colonial government promulgates a law aimed at suppressing and punishing Koreans fighting for their country's liberation. The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910-45.
•1956 -- The government designates May 8 as Mother's Day. In 1973, the day will be re-designated Parents' Day.
•1993 -- South and North Korea trade sugar and liquor, the first trade between the two sides since the 1950-53 Korean War.
•2003 -- Five North Koreans who try to enter the Japanese consulate in the Chinese city of Shenyang in an alleged defection attempt are arrested by Chinese security forces.
•2004 -- The prosecution arrests Shin Il-soon, a four-star South Korean general who served as deputy chief of the Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command, on charges of embezzlement and bribery.
•2015 -- U.S. Internet giant Google Inc. opens its first Asian campus for startups and entrepreneurs in Seoul's Gangnam Ward. The 2,000-square-meter campus accommodates eight firms and various supporting facilities from meeting rooms to lactation rooms for breastfeeding female entrepreneurs. Startups are able to receive consulting services from Google experts and have opportunities to exchange ideas with overseas firms based on other campuses.