Korea Separation

  • Artillery and Mortar Fire!

    At approximately 4 a.m. (Korean Standard Time) on a rainy Sunday morning Democratic People's Republic of Korea Army (DPRK - North Korea) artillery and mortars open fire on Republic of Korea (ROK - South Korea) Army positions south of the 38th Parallel, the line then serving as the border between the two countries. The opening barrage is followed shortly by tank/infantry attacks at all points along the Parallel. At 11 a.m. North Korea announced a formal declaration of war and what is now known as
  • Ujiongbu to North Korean Forces

    Uijongbu falls to North Korean forces. South Korean government - President Syngman Rhee and cabinet - leave Seoul for Taejon.
  • Battle for the Punchbowl.

    The 1st Marine Division encounters heavy North Korean resistance, but succeeds in taking its objective.
  • Korean War

    Korean War truce talks began.
  • Battle of Heartbreak Ridge

    Battle of Heartbreak Ridge (Hill 931). The 2nd Infantry Division seizes Heartbreak Ri
  • Larget Navy Raid.

    Largest all-Navy raid. A total of 144 planes from three carriers destroy the oil refinery at Aoji, North Korea.
  • Little Switch

    Operation Little Switch exchanges sick and wounded POWs
  • Raid on Toksan Dam

    A dramatic strike by 58th Fighter-Bomber Wing F-84s destroys a major irrigation system. Five miles of valuable rice crops are scoured and miles of highways and railroad tracks are destroyed. Further attacks on irrigation dams follow over the next two weeks.
  • War Ended

    The United States, North Korea and China sign an armistice, which ends the war but fails to bring about a permanent peace. To date, the Republic of Korea (South) and Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea (North) have not signed a peace treaty. North and South Korea did sign a non-aggression treaty in 1991.
  • Commando Raid

    North Korean commandos stage a raid on Seoul's presidential Blue House in an attempt to assassinate President Park Chung-Hee. They are stopped just 800 metres (yards) away. All 32 are killed or captured in subsequent days.
  • North Korean Shot Fires

    North Korean agent fires at Park during a speech. He misses but the shot kills the president's wife. Park continues his speech.
  • Burma Landmark Disaster-

    The North's agents blow up a landmark in Burma (now Myanmar) just before the visiting South Korean President Chun Hoo-Hwan is set to arrive. Four South Korean cabinet ministers and 16 others are killed.
  • Airline Bomber

    All 115 people on board are killed when a bomb planted by the North's agents explodes on a South Korean airliner.
  • Submarine Landing

    A North Korean submarine lands commandos on the South Korean coast, prompting a huge manhunt. Twenty-four infiltrators are shot dead including 11 by their own hand, one is captured and one unaccounted for.
  • Yellow Sea Clash

    A clash breaks out along the Yellow Sea border, the first naval battle since the Korean War. A North Korean boat with an estimated 20 sailors aboard is sunk.
  • Another Yellow Sea Clash!

    A South Korean ship is sunk and six sailors killed in another Yellow Sea clash, while Seoul is co-hosting the football World Cup. An estimated 13 North Koreans die.
  • Test Fires

    North Korea has test fires to fight UN
  • Yellow Sea Border Fire!

    Navies of the two sides exchange fire near the Yellow Sea border. Seoul officials say a North Korean patrol boat retreated in flames but its casualties are unknown. No South Koreans are hurt.
  • Artillery Rounds

    Tension continue to grow between the two Koreas. In the latest incident, South Korea claims that the North fired shots near South Korean waters
  • North Korean submarine sunks Cheonan

    A report by a multinational investigation team says the Cheonan was sunk by a torpedo launched from a North Korean submarine.
  • Cheonan Explosion

    Cheonan Explosion
    An unexplained explosion hits the Cheonan, a 1,200-tonne South Korean corvette, near the disputed border and the warship breaks in two. A total of 58 sailors are rescued but 46 die.
  • Trade Banned

    South Korea suspends trade with the North and bans its ships from Seoul's waters. The White House says the sanctions are "entirely appropriate" as President Barack Obama orders the US military to work closely with South Korea.
  • Tension before the G20

    North and South Korean troops exchange fire across their border, cranking up tensions before the G20 summit of world leaders in Seoul.
  • Over 200 Artillery Shells Shot onto South Korean Island!

    Over 200 Artillery Shells Shot onto South Korean Island!
    Video of smoke plume in South Korea following the North Korean artillery attack.North Korea fires artillery shells onto a South Korean border island, prompting an exchange of fire with southern troops along with casualties and property damage, officials and reports said.
  • Attack Helicopter Deployed

    Attack Helicopter Deployed
    South Korea’s global TV, Arirang, reported on Thursday, March 3, that along with military drills, attack helicopters have been depoloyed to islands in the West Sea bordering North Korea. These aircraft will enable South Korea to conduct surveillance over the nation’s skies without any downtime.
  • Cyber Attack

    On Friday, March 5. South Korea’s key government agencies and financial institutions came under cyber attack. Global Post reports that there are few leads on who might be behind the attacks, but South Korean conservative activists have not hesitated to put the blame on the North Koreans.
  • The Hermit Kingdom

    North Korea has been called many things ? the Hermit Kingdom, the most isolated country in the world, an outlaw nation, an exporter of terrorism, part of the "axis of evil." It?s been on a war footing with the United States for more than 50 years.