Kim Il Sung begins his political career
13 October 1945. With the Communist Party of Korea’s organization and membership firmly based in southern Korea, and pursuing its own independent agenda there, the Soviets encourage the formation of a North Korean Bureau of the party. Kim Il-sung is a member but not its secretary. Even so, when 100,000 people gather in downtown Pyongyang next day to celebrate Korea’s liberation from Japan, Kim Il-sung is introduced to the crowd by Soviet commanders together with Cho Mansik and other Korean leaders on the podium.