Today in Korean history (May 14)
May 14, 2017
•1928 -- Korean independence movement activist Jo Myeong-ha unsuccessfully attempts to assassinate Japanese Army General Kunihiko Kuninomiya in Taiwan. Jo, 23, self-taught in Korea and Japan, cooperated with Taiwanese locals to block the Japanese colonial regime. He was arrested at the scene and later executed.
•1948 -- North Korea stops providing electricity to South Korea as the South prepares to hold elections to establish a separate government. Until then, North Korea had supplied the South with hydroelectric power.
•1952 -- South Korea's first president, Rhee Syng-man, submits a bill to revise the Constitution, aimed at holding a national referendum to elect the president and introduce a bicameral National Assembly.
•1981 -- Two passenger trains collide in Gyeongsan, North Gyeongsang Province, killing 52 and injuring 233.
•1989 -- A group of teachers holds a ceremony to promote the launch of its progressive nationwide organization: the Korean Federation of Teachers' Associations.
•2003 -- President Roh Moo-hyun holds a summit meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush at the White House in which they agree to lift their relationship to a new level and reaffirm their commitment to seeking a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue.
•2007 -- The Jeju provincial government says it has decided to accept the Ministry of National Defense's plan to build a naval base on the southern resort island.
•2010 -- South Korea officially submits its bid to host the World Cup finals in 2022, exactly two decades after co-hosting the world's largest football tournament with Japan.
•2014 -- South Korean footballer Park Ji-sung announces his retirement from the sport at age 33. Park is the first South Korean to reach the English Premier League when he signed with Manchester United in 2005.