Korean War in History

Historical Events

  • 1950-06-25 North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950-06-27 North Korean troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders US Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1950-06-28 North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea in opening phase of the Korean War
  • 1950-07-05 US forces enter combat in the Korean War for the first time, in the Battle of Osan
  • 1950-07-07 Korean War: UN Security Council establishes the United Nations Command to combat North Korean forces
  • 1950-09-26 UN troops in Korean War recapture South Korean capital of Seoul
  • 1950-10-01 South Korean troops cross the 38th parallel into North Korea
  • 1950-10-07 US forces invade North Korea by crossing 38th parallel
  • 1950-10-26 South Korean troops reach Chosan at Chinese boundary
  • 1950-11-08 A US aircraft shoots down a North Korean jet in the Korean War, the first jet-to-jet dogfight in history
  • 1950-11-24 UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas
  • 1950-12-28 Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea
  • 1951-01-04 Korean War: Chinese forces recapture Seoul
  • 1951-03-15 UN forces recapture Seoul, the fourth and final time the city changes hands in the Korean War
  • 1951-10-25 Peace talks aimed at ending Korean War resumed in Panmunjom
  • 1952-01-30 Korean War truce talks deadlock
  • 1953-07-13 Battle of the Kumsong River begins - last major battle of the Korean war

Agreement of InterestKorean War Ends

1953-07-27 North Korea and the United Nations sign armistice to stop fighting and divide Korea at the 38th parallel

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Signing of the armistice which ended the active fighting phase of the Korean War
Signing of the armistice which ended the active fighting phase of the Korean War
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  • 1953-08-05 Operation "Big Switch"; Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom
  • 1958-05-30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington
  • 1995-07-27 Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

2018-04-27 Historic Korean summit, the North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea agree to officially end Korean war and rid peninsula of nuclear weapons

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
President of South Korea Moon Jae-in
President of South Korea
Moon Jae-in

Famous Birthdays

  • 1905-04-03 Robert Frederick Sink, United States Army Officer (WWII, Korean War & Vietnam War), born in Lexington, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1916-07-19 James D. Ramage, American Naval Aviator in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, born in Waterloo, Iowa (d. 2012)

Famous Deaths

  • 1950-07-05 Private Kenneth Shadrick becomes the first identified American soldier killed in the Korean War
  • 1965-12-13 Robert Frederick Sink, United States Army Officer (WWII, Korean War & Vietnam War), dies at 60
  • 2012-07-21 James D. Ramage, American Naval Aviator in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, dies at 96