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In which war did jet aircraft fight each other for the first time? Korean War.
For the initial months of the war, the P-80 Shooting Star, F9F Panther, and other jets under the UN flag dominated North Korea's prop-driven air force. The Chinese intervention in late October 1950 brought MiG-15 Fagot to battle, one of the world's most advanced jet fighters. MiGs were often steered by well trained Soviet pilots, so the aerial warfare continued till the end of the war.
Which number is considered unlucky in East Asia? 4
Words "four" and "Death" have very similar pronunciation in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese. In East Asia many buildings do not have a 4th floor. Some high-rise residential buildings omit all floor numbers with "4", e.g., 4, 14, 24, 34 and all 40–49 floors.
In which country is this colossal monument named the Arch of Reunification? In North Korea.
The Arch of Reunification is a sculptural arch located south of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. It was opened in August 2001 to commemorate Korean reunification proposals put forward by Kim Il-sung.
When was Korea partitioned along the 38th parallel? In 1945, after WW2.
The aftermath of World War II left Korea partitioned along the 38th parallel, with the north under Soviet occupation and the south under US occupation. The Korean War broke out when Soviet-backed North Korea invaded South Korea, though neither side gained much territory as a result.
Who was the first leader of North Korea? Kim Il-sung.
Kim Il-sung gained military and political education in the USSR. During World War II, he served in the Red Army, commanding a division of Koreans. He was undoubtedly the weakest educated leader in the entire Eastern bloc.
Which martial art originates in Korea? Taekwondo.
Traditional taekwondo was established in the 1950s and 1960s in the South Korean military, and in various civilian organisations. The names and symbolism of the traditional patterns often refer to elements of Korean history, culture and religious philosophy.