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Events from the year 1979 in South Korea.


President of South Korea Head of state and of government of the Republic of Korea

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Park Chung-hee South Korean army general and the leader of South Korea from 1961 to 1979

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Choi Kyu-hah 4th President of South Korea

Choi Kyu-hah, also spelled Choi Kyu-ha or Choi Gyu-ha, was President of South Korea between 1979 and 1980.


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<i>The Genealogy</i> 1979 film by Im Kwon-taek

The Genealogy is a 1979 South Korean film directed by Im Kwon-taek.

<i>Police Story</i> (1979 film) 1979 South Korea firm directed by Lee Doo-yong

Police Story is a 1979 South Korean film directed by Lee Doo-yong. It was chosen as Best Film at the Grand Bell Awards.

<i>The Rain at Night</i> 1973 film by Park Cheol-su

The Rain at Night is a 1979 South Korean film directed by Park Chul-soo. At the 1980 Baeksang Arts Awards, Park was given a New Talent award for directing this film. The film is based on Park Bum-shin's 1975 novel of the same title.


Lee Bo-young South Korean actress and model

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Nam Hyun-joon South Korean singer

Nam Hyun-joon, often referred to as Poppin' Hyun Joon or Happy Hyun Joon, is a South Korean contemporary dancer. He is most known for his popping techniques and for being a former rapper of Young Turks Club. On 31 July 2014, it was announced that Nam Hyun-joon had parted ways with Star Empire Entertainment for Happy Face Entertainment.

Kim Jung-yoo, better known as MC Sniper, is a South Korean rapper. He is known for writing controversial lyrics that challenge social injustice and mainstream society. He was a contestant on Show Me the Money and a producer on both seasons of Tribe of Hip Hop. He released his first album, So Sniper..., on May 17, 2002.


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Park Chung-hee, president of South Korea, was assassinated on Friday, October 26, 1979 at 7:41 p.m. during a dinner at a Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) safehouse inside the Blue House presidential compound, in Gangjeong-dong, Seoul. Kim Jae-gyu, the then director of KCIA and the president's security chief, is responsible for the assassination. Park was shot in the chest and head, and died almost immediately. Four bodyguards and a presidential chauffeur were also killed. The incident is often referred to as "10.26" or the "10.26 incident" in South Korea. Dictionary of Korean modern history, Dictionary of Korean modern history (2005-09-10). "10.26 incident".

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