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1927 (September 29 on the lunar calendar) Born to Park Bong-kwan and Kim So-soon, the oldest of six siblings, in Imrang-ri, Jangan-myeon, Dongnae-gu, South Gyeongsang Province(now Jangan-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan).
1932 His father goes to Japan and settles down.
1933 He enters the engineering department of Waseda University. After Korea's August 15 liberation from Japan, he and his family return home. He tries in vain to study in Seoul.
1945 He enters the engineering department of Waseda University.
1946 He drops out of Waseda in his second year and returns home.
1948 While he receives training in National Defense Troops in Busan he is selected as a sixth-batch cadet for the Defense Academy(now Korea Military Academy). He meets Park Chung-hee there, a company commander who teaches ballistics. After a six-month course he is commissioned as a second lieutenant on July 28.
1950 The Korean War breaks out, and he receives orders to retreat to the south of the Han River. He participates in a battle near the Hyeongsan River in Pohang in August. Later, he and his soldiers fight their way as far as Cheongjin in the North and come down during the Jan. 4 Retreat.
1953 He receives three different kinds of the Order of Meritorious Service during the war. As a vice regiment commander he leads a battle to defend the Hwacheon Hydro Plant against Chinese forces. After a truce is reached he enters the College of the Army.
1954 He receives another Order of Meritorious service. After graduating first from the Army College he works as dean of academic affairs at the Military Academy. He formulates plans to move the Military Academy from Jinhae to Seoul. On December 20, he marries Chang Ok-ja. In the same year, he meets his junior officer Hwang Gyeong-ro.
1955 He is promoted to Colonel.
1956 He enters Korea National Defense University. After finishing the course he is appointed as a professor of national policy-making at the university. In November, he is appointed as chief of personnel office at the Ministry of National Defense.
1957 He gets a chance to work for Park Chung-hee, then commander of the 1st Army in October.
1958 He leads the march of soldiers as commander of the 71st Regiment on Military Foundation Day. He is appointed as chief of personnel at the Army Headquarters.
1959 He leads a delegation to the U.S.
1960 He is appointed as chief officer of personnel for Park Chung-hee, then commander of the Munitions Command. After Park Chung-hee is relegated TJ Park goes to the U.S. for a three-month training.
1961 The May 16 coup occurs while he works as a committee member of the career management at the Army Headquarters. Park Chung-hee's consideration excludes him from the list of coup executors. He starts working as a martial law agent immediately from the morning of May 16. Later, he becomes the chief of staff for the chairman of the national restoration supreme council and top official in charge of commerce in the finance and economy committee. He leads an economic delegation to Europe to take a tour of its industries.
1962 He participates in formulating the first five-year economic development plan and strongly recommends the use of hard coal to make the country go green.
1964 At the behest of Park Chung-hee he gives up plans to study in the U.S. and goes to Japan as a special envoy instead. He travels around all of Japan from Hokkaido to Kyushu for 10 months. He meets Yasuoka. He is appointed as president of Korea Tungsten Co. on December 8.
1965 Hwang Gyeong-ro, Roh Joong-yol, and Hong Geong-yu join Korea Tungsten Co., and the company is turned around in just one year. At the request of Park Chung-hee, the president of Kawasaki Steel, the largest steel company in Japan, visits the presidential palace of Cheong Wa Dae. Park Chung-hee visits Pittsburgh and discusses the construction of a general steel plant with the president of Corpus on May 26.
1967 He is appointed as chairman for the promotion of the construction of a steel plant. President Park Chung-hee gives him the special mission.
1968 The company name is set as 'Pohang General Steel Corp.' better known as POSCO in English. The ceremony of company organization is held in the UNESCO hall on April 1. TJ Park is sworn in as the first president. The construction office(Rommel House) is opened in Yeongil Bay. Construction begins to create a site for the plant, and the housing site for workers is purchased and construction begins.
1970 He comes up with the idea of using compensation funds from Japan for the plant construction(1969). Park Chung-hee gives him carte blanche in the purchase of facilities.
1971 POSCO Scholarship Foundation is established.
1973 The first funnel is built on June 9. The construction of POSCO's plant with an annual production capacity of 1.03 million tons is completed on July 3.
1975 He becomes the first chairman of Korea Steel Association.
1978 In a competition with Hyundai, POSCO wins a bid to build the second steel company. Park is named the Person of the Year by the Donga Newspaper.
1980 He is appointed as chairman of the first economic committee in the national security council's lawmaking arm. He is elected as chairman of the Korea-Japan Lawmakers' Association. After protracted negotiations with the government he makes Gwangyang the site for the second steelmaker.
1983 The construction of the Gwangyang plant begins as land is dredged up and reclaimed. The ceremony is held.
1986 Pohang University of Science and Technology(POSTECH) is established.
1987 The first entrance ceremony for POSTECH is held. Park is appointed as the founding board director of Research Institute of Industrial Science & Technology(RIST). The first general Gwangyang plant is completed. He wins the 114th Bessemer Gold Medal for his outstanding services to the steel industry from Britain's association of metal studies on May 13.
1988 He is elected as a lawmaker through proportional representation on a ticket of the ruling Democratic Justice Party.
1990 He becomes the president of the ruling party. The ruling party's name is changed to the Democratic Liberal Party and he becomes a member of the top decision-making council.
1991 The first graduation ceremony for POSTECH is held.
1992 The construction of the fourth Gwangyang plant begins and POSCO makes history in a quarter century (by producing 21 million tons of steel annually). He resigns as POSCO chairman and is offered the position of honorary chairman. He retires from politics.
1993 He begins exile abroad.
1997 He returns home in early May and runs successfully for a parliamentary seat in North District of Pohang. He joins hands with Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-pil and becomes the chairman of the United Liberal Democratic Party.
1999 He holds a weekly meeting with President Kim Dae-jung and pushes for efforts to revive the economy and reform the political scene.
2000 He quits the chairmanship of the United Liberal Democratic Party and becomes the prime minister. He begins coughing blood. The ruling party and its coalition partner United Liberal Democratic Party lose in general elections held in April. He resigns as prime minister on May 19.
2001 He has a cyst below the lungs removed at Cornell University Hospital in New York. The Sept. 11 terrorist attack occurs while he stays in New York. He is appointed as honorary chairman of POSCO again.
2002 He returns home seven months after his operation. He is rumored to be appointed as minister for Shinuiju special district. 'Pohang General Steel Corp.' is officially changed to POSCO on March 15.
2003 He is invited as an adviser to China Development Research Foundation and delivers a speech on the Chinese economy at the High Officials' Discussion for China's Development in Beijing.
2004 He celebrates his 77th birthday and 50-year-long marriage to his wife. "TJ Park, the World's Best Iron Man" is published.
2008 He is appointed as the board director of POSCO TJ Park Foundation.
2010 He delivers a special speech at National Hanoi University in Vietnam. An abridged Vietnamese version of "TJ Park, the World's Best Iron Man" is published under the title of "TJ Park, Iron Man."
2011 He passes away at 5:20 p.m on December 13. He is buried at a patriot's tomb in Seoul National Cemetery in Dongjak-dong, Seoul.


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