PARK GEUN-HYE’S TIMELINE
Key moments in the life of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Feb. 2, 1952: Park is born as the eldest child of Park Chung-hee and Yuk Young-soo.
1963: Park moves to the presidential Blue House when her father becomes president, two years after he staged a coup and took control of the country.
1974: Park’s mother is shot and killed by a Korean resident of Japan who claims he acted under orders from North Korea. Park Geun-hye is rushed home from Paris, where she had been studying, and begins serving as acting first lady.
1979: Park Chung-hee is assassinated by his Korean Central Intelligence Agency chief, Kim Jae-kyu, during a late-night drinking party. After her father’s state funeral, Park Geun-hye leaves the Blue House.
1998: After years of avoiding the public eye, Park enters politics and wins a parliamentary seat amid public nostalgia for her father that arose while South Korea was battered by the Asian financial crisis. She becomes an iconic figure of South Korean conservatives.
2012: Park wins the presidency, defeating her main liberal rival, Moon Jae-in.
Dec. 9, 2016: Park is impeached by the liberalc-ontrolled parliament over allegations that she colluded with her longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, to extort money from businesses and let Choi pull government strings, though she has never held a government post.
Friday: Park is formally removed from office after the Constitutional Court upholds her impeachment.