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Today in Korean history

2017/09/14 14:00

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Sept. 15

1950 -- U.N. coalition troops led by U.S. General Douglas MacArthur carry out an amphibious landing at Incheon, a port city west of Seoul. The U.N. forces were dispatched to the peninsula to fight on the side of South Korea against North Korea.

1951 -- Kim Sou-hwan is ordained as a priest. Born in southeastern Daegu in 1922, Kim, who later became a cardinal, assisted with the operation of parishes in his hometown during the 1950-1953 Korean War and was named a bishop in Masan, a neighboring city, in 1966. He was later promoted to archbishop of Seoul and proclaimed a cardinal by Pope Paul VI. Kim was a strong advocate for Korea's democratization, supporting human rights movements and coordinating charitable activities.

1957 -- The American Forces Korea Network, or AFKN, affiliated with the U.S. military stationed in South Korea, starts television broadcasts.

1992 -- The Taiwanese Embassy in Seoul stops issuing visas to nationals of South Korea in protest over the latter's establishment of diplomatic relations with mainland China. Taiwan later withdrew its embassy from Seoul, and the space was taken over by the Chinese Embassy.

2000 -- South and North Korea march together at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games, the first time for the two sides to do so. South Korea sought unsuccessfully to organize a unified team with North Korea for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

2003 -- The Ministry of Culture and Tourism announces a blueprint for further opening up the South Korean market to Japanese pop culture products. The blueprint took effect in January 2004, allowing imports of Japanese films with a rating of 18 and over, pop songs with Japanese lyrics and video games.

2015 -- North Korea sentenced a U.S. citizen being held in the country to six years of hard labor for unspecified anti-state crimes. U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller committed acts hostile to the DPRK while entering the territory of the DPRK under the guise of a tourist in April, the North's Korean Central News Agency said in a brief dispatch.

2016 -- Hundreds of people were killed or missing in the worst flood to hit North Korea, the Korean Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS) said. It reported that the flooding in North Hamgyong Province left hundreds killed or missing and more than 68,900 stranded, making it the worst disaster since Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945.