Cambodia wins Independence from France.
King Sihanouk breaks off relations with the US, allows North Vietnamese to set up bases in Cambodia.
US begins secret bombing of Cambodia, destabilizing the country.
King Sihanouk ousted, US-backed General Lon Nol assumes power (middle).
Cambodian army faces two enemies: North Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge guerillas.
Cambodia falls to the Khmer Rouge. About 2 million people are executed, or die of overwork and/or starvation from 1975-1979
Vietnamese forces take over Phnom Penh. Khmer Rouge flee.
An exhumed mass grave of Pol Pot’s victims