The Potsdam Conference takes place; Korea is divided into two, at the 38th Parallel, North Korea for the communists and South Korea for all others.
Jul 17, 1945
Soviet Russian soldiers arrive in North Korea as a show of support for Kim il-Sung, the leader at that time.
Aug 10, 1945
President Harry Truman gives a pledge that the United States will helpany country that is under the threat of communism. It became popularly known asthe Truman Doctrine.
We are coming to help you South Korea.
Mar 12, 1947
American soldiers slowly withdraw from South Korea entrusting the countryto pro-American leader Dr. Syngman Rhee.
Thankyou for your help.
The Jeju Uprising takes place, south of the Korean Peninsula. Koreanssympathetic to the North Korean communist regime led by Kim Il Sung wereattacked by South Korean soldiers for fear of the North’s influence on thepeople. More than 14,000 people were killed.
Apr 3, 1948
Syngman Rhee is elected president soon after the South Korean government passed its own constitution on July 17.