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Birth of Saloth Sar

1925

Pol Pol, or Saloth Sar, is born in a province north of Phnom Penh.

Mao Zedong

1934 - 1950

Rise of Mao Zedong; Communist China highly influences ideas of Pol Pot.

Scholarship in Paris

1949

Pol Pot achieves a scholarship in Paris to study radio electronics. While in Paris, he became intrigued with Marxist ideals.

Pol Pot Marries

1953

Pol Pot marries Ponnary

Pol Pot Returns to Cambodia

1953

Pol Pot is forced to return to Cambodia after joining "Cercle Marxiste."

Cambodian Independence

1953

Cambodia wins its independence from France. Under King Sihanouk, it becomes the kingdom of Cambodia.

Khmer Rouge

1960

Khmer Rouge established.

Pol Pot Leads the Communist Party

1962

Pol Pot becomes active leader of the Communist Party.

U.S and Vietnam

1969

The U.S begins a secret bombing campaign against North Vietnamese forces of Cambodian soil.

Khmer Rouge Take Over

1975

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.

Pol Pot Becomes Prime Minister.

1976

Khieu becomes head of state, and Pol Pot becomes prime minister.

Vietnam

1978

Vietnamese forces invade Cambodia.

Phnom Penh Taken

1979

Vietnamese forces take over Phnom Penh, as Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge flee to the Thai border.

Pol Pot is Arrested

1997

Pol Pot is arrested.

Pol Pol Dies

1998

Pol pot dies under house arrest on April 16th, 1998.