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The life of Roh Moo-hyun, 1946-2009

May 25,2009
Sept. 1, 1946

Born to a farmer’s family in Bongha Village in Gimhae, South

Gyeongsang Province

February 1959

Graduates from Daechang Elementary School


February 1963

Graduates from

Jinyeong Middle School

February 1966

Graduates from Busan Commercial High School

1968 - 1971

Serves in the military


January 1973

Marries Kwon
Yang-sook

February 1975

Passes the bar exam

September 1977

Appointed as a judge at the Daejeon District Court

May 1978

Starts working as a
lawyer in Busan

October 1981

Takes on the “Burim Case,” defending students accused of communist sympathies - it inspires him to become a human rights lawyer

September 1987

Orders a suspension of his law practice to investigate the death of a worker during a protest

April 1988

Becomes a member of Korea’s 13th National Assembly

1988

Emerges as a “star politician” in televised hearings, in which he questions former dictator Chun Doo Hwan

March 1989

Resigns from the National Assembly

September 1991

Takes on the post of spokesman of the United Democratic Party

June 1995

Runs for Busan mayor, but fails

2000 - 2001

Becomes minister of maritime affairs and fisheries

February 2003

Wins a nail-biting election to become the Republic of Korea’s 9th president


March 2004

Suspended from his duties when the National Assembly passes an impeachment bill on charges of illegal campaigning ahead of the parliamentary election


May 2004

Escapes impeachment when the Constitutional Court rejects the bill


October 2007

Participates in inter-Korean summit


February 2008

Returns to Bongha

Village after finishing his presidential term


December 2008

Brother Roh Gun-pyeong investigated by prosecutors for corruption


April 2009

Roh’s wife, son Gun-ho, and Roh himself summoned for questioning in widening bribery scandal


May 23, 2009

Commits suicide,

jumping off a cliff near his home



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