Why Famous: As the leader of the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot ruled Cambodia from 1975 until 1979. In this short time his totalitarian regime killed an estimated 1 to 3 million Cambodians - or a quarter of the population - many in the infamous "killing fields."
His government embarked on a mass collectivization program during which residents of Cambodia's cities were forced to work en masse in the countryside.
- 1956-07-14 30th Prime Minister of Cambodia Pol Pot (31) marries Khieu Ponnary
- 1997-06-10 Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen's family members before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold