Cambodian History

Historical Events

  • 1863-08-11 Cambodia becomes French protectorate
  • 1946-01-07 Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union
  • 1950-05-21 Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia
  • 1950-12-30 Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia become Independent states within the French Union
  • 1953-11-09 Cambodia (aka Kampuchea) gains independence from Fance, within the French Union
  • 1955-03-02 King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
  • 1958-07-10 Ex-king Norodom Sihanoek appointed premier of Cambodia
  • 1960-06-13 Prince Norodom Sihanoek becomes head of Cambodia
  • 1965-05-03 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with the US
  • 1966-05-01 US troops shooting targets in Cambodia
  • 1967-05-10 Stockholm Vietnam Tribunal declares US aggression in Vietnam/Cambodia
  • 1969-04-24 US B-52's drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary
  • 1969-05-08 Cambodia recognizes German DR
  • 1970-03-18 Cambodia military coup under Gen Lon Nol, prince Sihanuk flees
  • 1970-04-29 50,000 US & South Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia
  • 1970-04-30 US troops invade Cambodia
  • 1970-06-29 US ends 2 month military offensive into Cambodia
  • 1970-10-09 Khmer Republic (Cambodia) declares independence
  • 1970-11-16 South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky defends operations in Cambodia because communist forces could overrun South Vietnam "within 24 hours" if troops operating there were withdrawn
  • 1971-11-16 The US increase air activity to support the Cambodian government as fighting neared Phnom Penh
  • 1971-12-01 Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray.
  • 1972-03-10 Gen Lon Nol becomes pres & prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
  • 1973-08-14 US ends secret bombing of Cambodia
  • 1975-04-01 Cambodia President Lon Nol flees for Red Khmer
  • 1975-04-16 Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh
  • 1975-04-17 Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea National Day)
  • 1975-05-12 US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces
  • 1975-05-14 French press reports massive deportation from Cambodia
  • 1975-05-14 US forces raid Cambodian island of Koh Tang to free Mayaguez ship
  • 1976-01-05 Cambodia is renamed "Democratic Kampuchea"
  • 1976-04-02 Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds Prince Sihanouk as Premier
  • 1977-03-18 US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Cambodia
  • 1977-12-31 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam
  • 1979-04-05 Ex-premier Pol Jar flees out of Cambodia
  • 1981-06-27 Cambodia adopts its constitution
  • 1989-09-26 Last Vietnamese soldiers leave Cambodia
  • 1989-10-22 Red Khmer occupies Pailin in Cambodia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991-11-14 Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk returns to Phnom Penh after thirteen years of exile.

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk
  • 1993-09-24 Norodom Sihanouk again installed as King of Cambodia
  • 1994-07-26 Cambodia's Red Khmer surprise attack on train, kills 13
  • 1997-08-07 Ung Huot appointed Cambodia's 1st premier
  • 1998-11-23 Agreement between Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his rival, prince Norodom Ranariddh.
  • 1998-12-29 Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over a million people
  • 1999-04-30 Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total members to 10.
  • 2004-10-07 King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates
  • 2009-09-26 Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.
  • 2012-09-10 A left over bazooka grenade in Cambodia explodes and kills three children
  • 2014-01-03 Cambodian garment workers go on strike demanding a wage increase

Famous Birthdays

  • 1913-11-13 Lon Nol, Cambodian politician (d. 1985)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1922-10-31 Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia (1941-55 and 1993-2004), head of state, independence campaigner and film producer, born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (d. 2012)

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk
  • 1928-05-19 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (d. 1998)
  • 1931-07-27 Khieu Samphan, Cambodian politician
  • 1940-03-22 Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian/American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1942-09-27 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", born in Siem Reap, Cambodia (d. 2008)
  • 1942-11-17 Khang Khek Leu, Cambodian politician
  • 1944-01-02 Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Cambodian politician
  • 1945-01-11 Samdech Preah Sanghareach Bour Kry, Supreme Patriarch of the Cambodian Dhammayutt Order
  • 1951-04-04 Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia
  • 1953-05-14 Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
  • 1959-10-26 Fran├žois Chau, Cambodian actor
  • 1964-04-18 Rithy Panh, Cambodian film director
  • 1965-08-22 Patricia Hy-Boulais, Cambodia, tennis star (1994 Auckland doubles)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1952-04-12 Cambodia king Norodom Sihanouk (29) weds Paule Monique Izzi

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk

Famous Deaths

  • 1951-10-29 De Raymond, French High Director of Cambodia, murdered
  • 1998-04-15 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (b. 1925)
  • 2006-04-01 In Tam, Cambodian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2008-03-30 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", dies of pancreatic cancer at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2012-10-15 Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, dies from a heart attack at 89

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk