Pol Pol, or Saloth Sar, is born in a province north of Phnom Penh.
Rise of Mao Zedong; Communist China highly influences ideas of Pol Pot.
Pol Pot achieves a scholarship in Paris to study radio electronics. While in Paris, he became intrigued with Marxist ideals.
Cambodia wins its independence from France. Under King Sihanouk, it becomes the kingdom of Cambodia.
Pol Pot is forced to return to Cambodia after joining "Cercle Marxiste."
Pol Pot marries Ponnary
Khmer Rouge established.
Pol Pot becomes active leader of the Communist Party.
The U.S begins a secret bombing campaign against North Vietnamese forces of Cambodian soil.
Lon Nol is overthrown as the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, occupy Phnom Penh. The Country is re-named Kampuchea. All city dwellers are moved to countryside to become agrarian workers. Money becomes worthless and religion is banned, this is the "year zero." Over the next few years, the Khmer Rouge will kill two million people.
Khieu becomes head of state, and Pol Pot becomes prime minister.
Vietnamese forces invade Cambodia.
Vietnamese forces take over Phnom Penh, as Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge flee to the Thai border.
Pol Pot is arrested.
Pol pot dies under house arrest on April 16th, 1998.