Phnom Penh in History

Historical Events

  • 1971-11-16 The US increase air activity to support the Cambodian government as fighting neared Phnom Penh
  • 1975-04-16 Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh
  • 1975-04-17 Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea National Day)
  • 1979-01-07 Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge
  • 1979-01-08 Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh

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
  • 1997-09-03 A Vietnam Airlines Tupolev TU-134 crashes on approach into Phnom Penh airport, killing 64.

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestNorodom Sihanouk

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
  • 1959-10-26 Fran├žois Chau, Cambodian actor, born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • 1964-04-18 Rithy Panh, Cambodian film director (Rice People), born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia