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this day in the yesteryear: Sihanouk Abdicates Cambodian Throne (2004)


Sihanouk Abdicates Cambodian Throne (2004)

From 1941 to 2004, Norodom Sihanouk held several leadership positions in Cambodia—including king, prince, president, prime minister, and head of state. He saw Cambodia through the difficult years of the Vietnam War, the reign of the Khmer Rouge, and the occupation of his nation by Vietnamese forces in the late 1970s. He abdicated his kingship twice, once in favor of his father and once in favor of his son, Norodom Sihamoni. After the second abdication, what became Sihanouk’s official title? More… Discuss

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today’s holiday: Cambodia Queen Sihanouk’s Birthday


Cambodia Queen Sihanouk’s Birthday

 

English: Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk (Mon...

English: Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk (Monique) of Cambodia during a visit in Romania, in 1972 Category:Norodom Monineath Sihanouk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Her Majesty Norodom Monineath Sihanouk is the mother of King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia. The birthday of the Queen Mother is a national holiday in Cambodia, with government offices, schools, and many businesses closed. The holiday is a relatively quiet one, with no lavish festivities normally planned. This is in contrast to the three-day celebration of King Sihanouk‘s Birthday, the former king and late husband of Queen Sihanouk. More… Discuss

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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