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Norodom Sihanouk

Cambodia: Killing fields timeline

Cambodia: Killing fields timeline

1925: Saloth Sar, alias Pol Pot, born in central Cambodia.

1949: Pol Pot goes to Paris where he joins a group of young Cambodian revolutionaries, most of them Marxists.

1953: France grants independence to Cambodia under King Norodom Sihanouk; Pol Pot returns to Phnom Penh, trains with Vietnamese communist guerrillas, then works for his cause in the countryside.

1969: Secret U.S. bombing raids begin against Vietnamese communist guerrillas hiding in Cambodia.

1970: Sihanouk deposed by U.S.-backed strongman Lon Nol; the Khmer Rouge and Sihanouk join forces against the nationalists.

1975: The victorious Khmer Rouge arrive in Phnom Penh and evacuate the city;...