Today in Korean history (Aug. 8)
Aug 8, 2017
•1953 -- The South Korea-U.S. mutual defense treaty is initialed in Seoul and later signed in Washington on Oct. 1.
•1960 -- The second republic, led by former President Yoon Bo-sun, is launched.
•1969 -- Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC-TV) starts operations.
•1973 -- Former President Kim Dae-jung, an opposition lawmaker at the time, is kidnapped by Korean Central Intelligence Agency operatives in a Tokyo hotel amid suppression of opposition parties by the iron-fisted Park Chung-hee government. Park had just pushed through his Yushin (Revitalizing Reform) Constitution, which gave the executive increased powers and the right to run for an unlimited number of terms in indirect presidential elections.
•1975 -- South Korea forges diplomatic ties with Singapore.
•1991 -- The United Nations Security Council adopts a resolution recommending the General Assembly allow both South and North Korea to become U.N. members.
•2000 -- Former Hyundai Group leader Chung Ju-yung crosses the inter-Korean border via the truce village of Panmunjom with a herd of cattle.
•2013 -- South Korea's drug watchdog temporarily suspends sales of several dozen anti-diarrheal medications after Dongwha Pharm Co., a major South Korean drugmaker, is found to have used ingredients different from those approved by the government in 1988 in making Lacteol, a brand of the bacteria lactobacillus acidophilus, which is naturally found in the body and is used to treat diarrhea.
•2014 -- South Korea issues a special travel advisory for Nigeria as part of efforts to control the spread of the Ebola virus, following such travel warnings for Ebola-hit West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.