Today in Korean history (Sept. 27)
Sep 27, 2017
•1983 -- Pope John Paul II visits Seoul and elevates to sainthood 103 Korean Catholic martyrs who were executed during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
•1988 -- Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson tests positive for drugs and is stripped of the gold medal he won a day earlier in the men's 100-meter event at the Summer Olympics in Seoul.
•2003 -- A Russian rocket carrying a South Korean scientific research satellite is successfully launched from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome base near the Arctic Ocean.
•2007 -- A new round of six-party talks aimed at denuclearizing North Korea opens in Beijing amid the communist country's alleged nuclear cooperation with Syria.
•2016 -- President Park Geun-hye holds a summit with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Seoul, where she asked the Netherlands to play an "active role" in pressuring North Korea to end its nuclear ambitions.