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The Great Cambodia

  • The French "dissolving"

    The French decided to dissolve the colonial administration.
  • Independence

    This is when Cambodia finally got there Independence from France.
  • Breaking with the US

    Sihanouk decides to break off relations with the US and allows North Vietnamese troops to set up base in Cambodia against the US-backed government in South Vietnam.
  • Planned Bombing

    The US begins planning a secret bombing campeign against North Vietnamese forces on Cambodian soil.
  • Ports Closed

  • Sihanouk Overthrown

    The prime minister Lon Nol overthrew Sihanouk in a coup. He sends the army to fight the North Vietnamese in Cambodia. Over the next few years, Cambodia looses terriotry to the North Vietnamese.
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    Pol Pot - Leader of the Khmer Rouge

    During this time period Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge and caused deaths of a total of 1.7 million people.
  • Lon Nol Overthrown

    Pol Pot, leader of Khmer Rouge, overthrewn Lon Nol. The Khmer Rouge had led to hundreds of thousands executions. Other starved or died from diseases or exhaustion.
  • Cambodia is renamed

    The Khmer Rouge group decided to rename Cambodia Kampuchea. Sihanouk resigns and Khieu Smaphan becomes head of state. Also Pol Pot becomes prime minister.
  • Vietnam Invades Cambodia

    Vietnam invade Cambodia seeking to end Khmer Rouge border attacks.
  • Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge Flee

    The Vietnamese are anle to take Phnom Penh. Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge forces flee to the border regian with Thailand. The People's Republic of Kampuchea is established and many elements of life are re-established.
  • Genocide

    The Genocide Tribune come in and find Pol Pot and find him guilty of the Genocide, yet he did not appear in court or serve any sentence.
  • Vietnamese Leave

    Vietnamese finally withdraw and leave Cambodia.
  • Peace Agreement

    A peace agreement was signed in Paris on Comprehensive Political Settlement and Cambodia conflict by the UN.
  • Kmher Rouge - Guerrilla War

    Khmer Rouge soldiers continue to wage guerrilla war. This lasted for about five days.
  • Khmer Rouge Outlawed

    Khmer Rouge has been outlawed by the Cambodian National Assembly.
  • Khmer Rouge Forces

    The Khmer Rouge force a spilt, defecting the government in return for amnesty.
  • New Law

    The Cambodia's National Assembly passes a law to create a court that will try/deal with the serious crimes of the Khmer Rouge.
  • Argeement with the U.N.

    There was an agreement with the UN on how the intrnational company would help participate in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. The pact was then amended in 2004
  • Sihamoni Becomes King

    King Sihanouk gives the power to his son. The real political power, though, is held by the president, Hun Sen, who was a former Khmer Rouge officer.
  • Court in Progress

    The court has now finally become fully operational.
  • 20th Aniversary of Sihanouk

    During a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of his return from exile, Sihanouk vows not to leave Cambodia again despite his health problems.
  • Headed back to Bejing

    Sihanouk starts to head back to Bejing for medical treatment.
  • The Death of Sihanouk

    Sihanouk has now passed away in Bejing.
  • Pol Pot dies - Civil War Ends

    On April 15, 1998, Pol pot dies and the civil war in Cambodia finally ends.