THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: LON NOL OUSTS PRINCE NORODOM SIHANOUK OF CAMBODIA (1970)

Lon Nol Ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia (1970)

Nol became defense minister and army chief of staff in Norodom Sihanouk’s Cambodian government in 1955 and later served as premier under him. In 1970, he led the coup that deposed Sihanouk and assumed control of the government. His unsuccessful attempts at suppressing the Communist Khmer Rouge guerillas plunged the country into civil war, and he fled the country in 1975 with the Communist takeover imminent. What prompted Nol to resort to the use of “magic sand” as a military defenseMore… Discuss

 

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