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Sign at the 38th parallel in Korea, showing where the Korean
conflict began. The sign was erected by the 1st Cavalry Division.

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After World War II, the Soviet Union and the United States take Korea away from the Japanese and decide to divide Korea into two separate countries along the 38th parallel: North Korea and South Korea.
November 2 - President Harry Truman is reelected.
February 2 - The American Military Government appoints Syngman Rhee as leader of the Republic of Korea (South Korea).
December 10 - The United States sends $300 million in military aid to South Korea.
December 31 - The Soviet Union withdraws its forces from North Korea.
October 1 - Chinese Communist Party leader, Mao Zedong, announces the formation of the People's Republic of China.
December 8 - The United Nations calls for diplomatic recognition of the People's Republic of China.
March - The Soviet Union announces its possession of the atomic bomb.
July 19 - President Harry Truman asks Congress for $10 billion in military weapons for the Korean Conflict.
June 25 - North Korean Communists invade South Korea.
November 30 - President Harry Truman rejects the possiblity of using nuclear weapons against the Chinese, after China joins the Korean Conflict or the otherwise known as "Korean War."
April 11 - President Harry Truman dismisses General Douglas MacArthur of his command of U.S. and United Nations forces in the Korean War. The reason for this, was because MacArthur had publicly criticized Truman and the State Department's conduct of foreign policy in the Far East. Instead, General Matthew B. Ridgway of the U.S. Eighth Army assumes his position.
Dwight D. Eisenhower promises to visit Korea and end the hostile stalemate between the U.S. and Korea while campaigning for President of the United States.
November 4 - Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected President of the United States.
July 27 - An armistice agreement is signed at P'anmunjom, Korea ending the Korean War.


Works Cited

"American History." 2007. ABC-CLIO. May 15, 2007. <http://www.americanhistory.abc-clio.com>

"United Streaming." 2007. Discovery Education. May 15, 2007. <http://www.unitedstreaming.com>