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July 27

1953 -- Representatives of North Korea, China and the United States sign an armistice agreement to end the Korean War. The war broke out on June 25, 1950, when North Korea started bombarding northern South Korea early in the morning.

1961 -- South Korea and Niger, western Africa, establish diplomatic relations.

1961 -- A funeral is held for Rhee Syngman, the nation's first president, who died in Hawaii. The U.S.-educated leader had been forced to leave the country the previous year by student-led demonstrations against government corruption and dictatorship that called for democracy. The protest was later named the 4.19 Revolution.

His body was flown to Seoul for burial at the National Cemetery.

1985 -- The 63 Building, the nation's highest skyscraper, opens in Seoul.

1989 -- A Korean Air passenger plane crashes at Libya's Tripoli International Airport, killing 80 people and injuring 119 others.

1995 -- President Kim Young-sam holds summit talks with his U.S. counterpart Bill Clinton. They agreed to create a high-level consultative body to develop joint strategies with regard to North Korea and to seek ways to expedite the North's opening to the international society.

2012 -- South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun breaks his own 72-arrow world record in the ranking rounds at the London Olympics. Im shot 699 to finish at the top of the rounds, improving the previous mark by three points. He shot 696 at a World Cup event in Antalya, Turkey, in May this year.

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