Today in Korean history (May 3)
May 3, 2017
•1967 -- Park Chung-hee, who led a military coup in 1961, is re-elected as South Korea's 6th president.
•1984 -- Pope John Paul II, the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, visits South Korea.
•1999 -- Choheung Bank, now merged with Shinhan Bank, announces a merger with Chungbuk Bank, following the financial meltdown that hit the country in late 1997.
•2010 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il arrives in the Chinese port city of Dalian by a train in his first trip to China since 2006. He leaves the city on the following day for a summit with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing.
•2013 -- The last seven South Koreans who had negotiated the settlement of accounts on behalf of local businesses at an inter-Korean complex in North Korea return home, completing a pullout from the zone amid high tensions on the peninsula.