On this day: April 15

Published On: Apr 11 2013 05:22:16 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 15 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

President Abraham Lincoln dies, the "unsinkable" Titanic sinks, Jackie Robinson breaks baseball's color barrier, George C. Scott rebuffs the Academy Awards, and bombs explode at the Boston Marathon, all on this day.

OTD April 15 - Pol Pot
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1998: Cambodian dictator Pol Pot, who had led the Khmer Rouge since 1963, dies at the age of 72 while under house arrest by a faction of the Khmer Rouge in Anlong Veng, Kingdom of Cambodia. The faction claimed he died from heart failure, but rumors have persisted that he was poisoned. During Pol Pot's time in power from 1975 to 1979, he imposed agrarian socialism, forcing urban dwellers to relocate to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labor projects. It is estimated that 1 to 3 million people died due to his policies while dictator. After being forced from power in 1979, Pol Pot spent nearly 20 years hiding in the jungle near the border of Cambodia and Thailand.

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