Switzerland in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 128

  • 1291-08-01 Everlasting League forms, basis of Swiss Confederation (Independence)
  • 1294-06-30 Jews are expelled from Berne, Switzerland
  • 1315-11-15 Battle of Morgarten: Swiss beat duke Leopold I of Austria
  • 1315-12-09 Swiss Woudsteden renews Eternal Covenant (Oath Society)
  • 1348-09-21 Jews in Zurich, Switzerland, are accused of poisoning wells
  • 1349-01-09 700 Jews of Basel Switzerland, burned alive in their houses
  • 1349-02-13 Jews are expelled from Burgsordf, Switzerland
  • 1349-02-22 Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1356-10-18 Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys Basel in Switzerland.
  • 1386-07-09 Battle at Sempach: Swiss beat duke Leopold III of Austria
  • 1388-04-09 Battle of Näfels; Glarius Swiss defeat Habsburg (Austrian) army
  • 1422-06-30 Battle of Arbedo between the Duke of Milan and the Swiss cantons.
  • 1427-05-10 Jews are expelled from Berne Switzerland
  • 1474-03-30 Duke Sigismund van Tirol ends contacts with Switzerland
  • 1476-06-22 Battle at Morat/Murten: Charles the Stout invades Switzerland
  • 1477-01-05 Battle of Nancy, Burgundy vs Switzerland, 7,000 + killed including their leader Charles Duke of Burgundy
  • 1499-09-22 Switzerland became an independent state.
  • 1506-01-22 The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrive at the Vatican.
  • 1513-06-06 Battle of Novara, the War of the League of Cambrai: the Swiss Confederacy betat the French
  • 1516-11-29 Treaty of Freiburg: French/Swiss "eternal" peace treaty
  • 1525-01-21 The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is born when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.
  • 1525-02-20 Swiss & German mercenaries desert Francois I's army
  • 1531-10-11 Battle at Kappel: Swiss Roman Catholic kantons beat protestant forces of Zurich
  • 1531-10-11 Huldrych Zwingli Swiss reformation leader is killed at the Battle at Kappel
  • 1544-04-14 Battle at Carignano: French troops under Earl d'Enghien beat Swiss
  • 1558-01-09 Geneva becomes independent from Berne canton, Switzerland
  • 1584-01-22 Parts of Switzerland adopt Gregorian calendar (& parts in 1812)
  • 1618-09-04 "Rodi" avalanche destroys Plurs, Switzerland, 1,500 killed
  • 1648-10-24 Treaty of Westphalia ends The Thirty Year's War in the Holy Roman Empire; Switzerland's independence recognized
  • 1709-09-03 1st major group of Swiss/German colonists reaches NC/SC
  • 1798-03-29 Republic of Switzerland forms

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1803-05-18 Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1809-05-05 Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau Switzerland
  • 1815-02-03 World's first commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland
  • 1823-07-14 Switzerland signs boundaries for fugitives
  • 1845-11-29 The Sonderbund is defeated by the joint forces of other Swiss cantons under General Guillaume-Henri Dufour.
  • 1848-09-12 Switzerland becomes a Federal state.
  • 1858-08-11 First ascent of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland
  • 1862-05-14 Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents chronograph
  • 1871-09-17 Mont Cenis railway tunnel Switzerland opens
  • 1874-05-29 Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect
  • 1874-10-09 World Postal Union forms in Bern Switzerland
  • 1880-02-29 Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland & Italy completed
  • 1882-05-20 St Gotthard rail tunnel between Switzerland & Italy opens
  • 1893-08-20 Shechita (ritual slaughtering) prohibited in Switzerland
  • 1903-09-09 6 km long Engadin-railroad tunnel in Switzerland inaugurated
  • 1905-02-24 Simplon tunnel in Switzerland completed
  • 1906-05-10 Italian King Victor Emmanuel & Swiss president Ludwig Forrer open Simplon tunnel
  • 1906-05-17 Switzerland's Simplon Tunnel open to rail traffic
  • 1907-04-12 In Switzerland, parliament passes a new army bill reorganizing the nation's forces into a standing militia, with training required for all males
  • 1911-03-30 Lötschberg tunnel in Switzerland (13,735 m) completed
  • 1915-09-05 Anti-war conference in Zimmerwald, Switzerland
  • 1916-02-03 Tristan Tzara publishes the Dada manifesto in Zurich, Switzerland

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1917-04-03 Lenin arrives in Petrograd from Switzerland [NS=April 16]

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1919-02-03 Socialist conference convenes (Berne, Switzerland)
  • 1920-02-08 Swiss men vote against women's suffrage
  • 1920-02-13 League of Nations recognizes perpetual neutrality of Switzerland
  • 1920-02-13 Switzerland rejoins the League of Nations
  • 1922-01-21 1st slalom ski race run, Murren, Switzerland
  • 1923-10-16 John Harwood patents self-winding watch (Switzerland)
  • 1927-02-08 Belgian-Swiss treaty signed
  • 1927-04-15 Switzerland & USSR agree to diplomatic relations
  • 1928-02-11 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1928-02-19 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1932-11-09 Riots between conservative and socialist supporters in Switzerland kill 12 and injure 60.
  • 1935-07-20 Switzerland: A Royal Dutch Airlines plane en route from Milan to Frankfurt crashes into a Swiss mountain, killing thirteen.
  • 1938-11-16 LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1939-09-01 Switzerland proclaims neutrality
  • 1939-09-01 Switzerland mobilizes its forces and the Swiss Parliament elects Henri Guisan to head the Swiss Army (an event that can happen only during war or mobilization).
  • 1940-08-14 Dutch Premier De Geer vacations in Switzerland
  • 1941-05-13 Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
  • 1943-04-16 Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.
  • 1943-04-19 Bicycle Day - Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann deliberately takes LSD for the first time.
  • 1945-04-28 US 5th army reaches Swiss border

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1946-12-10 German/Swiss novelist Hermann Hesse wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style"

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • 1948-01-30 5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1948-02-08 5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1949-01-29 Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel
  • 1950-06-23 Swiss parliament refuses voting right for women
  • 1950-08-07 37th Tour de France won by Ferdi Kubler of Switzerland
  • 1951-07-29 38th Tour de France won by Hugo Koblet of Switzerland
  • 1951-09-20 Swiss males votes against female suffrage
  • 1954-06-15 UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football) is formed in Basle, Switzerland.
  • 1955-09-11 Dedication of the first Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, the Bern Switzerland Temple.
  • 1956-05-24 1st Eurovision Song Contest: Lys Assia for Switzerland wins singing "Refrain" in Lugano
  • 1959-02-01 Swiss men vote against voting rights for women
  • 1962-04-05 St Bernard Tunnel finished-Swiss/Italians workers shake hands
  • 1963-09-04 Swissair Flight 306 crashes near Dürrenäsch, Switzerland, killing all 80 people on board.
  • 1965-08-30 Section of Allalin glacier wipes out construction site at Mattmark Dam near Saas-Fee, Switzerland
  • 1966-06-26 Kanton Bazel leads female suffrage in Switzerland
  • 1969-02-18 PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich Switzerland
  • 1969-09-14 Male voters of Swiss kanton Schaffhausen rejects female suffrage
  • 1970-02-24 29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland)
  • 1971-02-07 Switzerland votes in women's suffrage
  • 1971-10-11 Switzerland recognizes North Vietnam

Film release premierFilm Premier

1973-08-02 "American Graffiti" directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

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1978-03-01 Charlie Chaplin's coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1979-01-01 Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established
  • 1979-09-24 Russian ice skaters Protopopov & Beloussova ask for asylum in Switzerland
  • 1980-09-05 World's longest road tunnel, St Gotthard in Swiss Alps, opens

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 395

  • 1445-03-16 Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg, Swiss-born preacher (d. 1510)
  • 1484-01-01 Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss Protestant leader (d. 1531)
  • 1484-11-29 Joachim Vadian, Swiss humanist (d. 1551)
  • 1484-12-28 Joachim Vadianus, [von Watt], Swiss physician/mayor of Sankt Gallen

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1493-11-11 Paracelsus, Switzerland, physician/alchemist (Zinc, laudanum), (d. 1541)

Physician/Alchemist Paracelsus
Physician/Alchemist
Paracelsus
  • 1499-02-10 Thomas Platter, Swiss humanist (d. 1582)
  • 1504-07-18 Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss religious reformer (d. 1575)
  • 1505-02-05 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (d. 1572)
  • 1507-01-15 Johann Oporinus [Herbster], Swiss book publisher (Koran)
  • 1516-03-26 Conrad Gessner, Swiss naturalist (d. 1565)
  • 1524-09-07 Thomas Erastus, Swiss theologian (d. 1583)
  • 1533-08-02 Theodor Zwinger, Swiss scholar (d. 1588)
  • 1539-04-17 Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter/cartoonist (Comedia)
  • 1539-06-13 Jost/Jobst/Jodocus Amman, Swiss cartoonist/graphic artist/illustrator
  • 1540-10-01 Johann Jakob Grynaeus, Swiss Protestant clergyman (d. 1617)
  • 1552-02-28 Jost/Jobst Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker and mathematician (d. 1632)
  • 1560-01-17 Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (d. 1624)
  • 1576-06-06 Giovanni Diodati, Swiss Protestant clergyman (d. 1649)
  • 1577-06-12 Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician (d. 1643)
  • 1577-10-01 Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar, martyr, and saint (d. 1622)
  • 1610-07-04 Cornelis Evertsen, the Elder, Dutch/Swiss vice-admiral
  • 1620-03-12 Johann Heinrich Hottinger, Swiss philologist and theologian (d. 1667)
  • 1623-10-17 Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (d. 1687)
  • 1633-07-01 Johann Heinrich Heidegger, Swiss theologian (d. 1698)
  • 1645-12-27 Giovanni Adb Viscardi, Swiss architect, baptized
  • 1654-12-27 Jean/Jacobus Bernouilli, Swiss mathematician
  • 1655-01-06 Jakob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1705)
  • 1657-03-01 Samuel Werenfels, Swiss theologian (d. 1740)
  • 1659-02-01 Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch Swiss lawyer/navigator (Easter Island)
  • 1661-11-15 Christoph von Graffenried, Swiss settler in Americas (d. 1743)
  • 1669-11-23 Johann K Amman, Swiss/Dutch deaf-mute teacher (Surdus Loquens)
  • 1672-08-02 Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar (d. 1733)
  • 1687-10-21 Nicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1759)
  • 1693-03-05 Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian (d. 1754)
  • 1694-06-24 Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui, Swiss publicist (d. 1748)
  • 1695-02-06 Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1726)
  • 1702-12-22 Jean E Liotard, [Turk], Swiss painter (Madame d'Epinay)
  • 1704-07-31 Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (paradox of Cramer)
  • 1707-04-15 Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician (Euler's Constant), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1783)
  • 1710-09-03 Abraham Trembley, Swiss naturalist (d. 1784)
  • 1718-08-11 Sir Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born British colonial governor (d. 1791)
  • 1720-03-13 Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist and writer (d. 1793)
  • 1721-11-22 Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres, Swiss-born Canadian statesman (d. 1824)
  • 1722-11-30 Theodore Gardelle, Swiss painter and enameler (d. 1761)
  • 1724-08-27 John Joachim Zubly, Swiss-born Continental Congressman (d. 1781)
  • 1724-12-24 Johann Conrad Ammann, Swiss physician and naturalist (d. 1811)
  • 1728-12-08 Johann G von Zimmermann, Swiss author
  • 1740-02-17 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist
  • 1740-10-20 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Three Women), born at Castle Zuylen near Utrecht (d. 1805)
  • 1741-10-30 Angelica Kauffmann, Swiss painter
  • 1741-11-15 Johann C Lavater, Swiss vicar/philosopher
  • 1746-01-12 Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Zurich, Switzerland, educator (Leonard & Gertrude) [[OS]
  • 1750-04-24 Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier, Swiss mathematician
  • 1771-03-22 Heinrich D Zschokke, Swiss author (Das Goldmacherdorf)
  • 1773-04-22 Jean V baron de Rebecque, Swiss/Dutch army leader
  • 1778-02-04 A. P. de Candolle, Swiss botanist (d. 1841)
  • 1782-03-04 Johann Wyss, Swiss folklorist/writer (Swiss Family Robinson)
  • 1791-11-11 Josef Munzinger, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1855)
  • 1796-02-01 Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich, Swiss poet (d. 1865)
  • 1796-10-23 Stefano Franscini, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1857)
  • 1797-10-04 Jeremias Gotthelf [Albert Bitzius], writer (The Black Spider), born in Murten, Switzerland (d. 1854)
  • 1799-04-12 Henri Druey, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1855)
  • 1801-05-31 Johann Georg Baiter, Swiss philologist (d. 1887)
  • 1801-10-12 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss statesman (d. 1873)
  • 1802-02-19 Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1881)
  • 1803-02-15 John Augustus Sutter, Swiss/US colonist (New Helvetia Ca, Sutter Mill)
  • 1805-03-03 Jonas Furrer, first President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 1861)
  • 1806-10-17 Alphonse LPP de Candolle, Swiss botanist
  • 1807-05-28 Louis Agassiz, Switzerland, naturalist/geologist/teacher
  • 1807-09-28 Arnold Henry Guyot, Switzerland, US geologist/geographer/meteorologist
  • 1810-05-28 Alexandre Calamo, Switzerland, painter/etcher/lithographer
  • 1811-05-11 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1893)
  • 1811-11-24 Ulrich Ochsenbein, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1890)
  • 1814-08-10 Henri Nestlé, Swiss industrialist (d. 1890)
  • 1815-12-22 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss judicial historian
  • 1817-03-27 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss biologist (d. 1891)
  • 1817-07-06 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist (d. 1905)
  • 1818-05-25 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian
  • 1819-02-20 Alfred Escher, Swiss politician, railroad entrepreneur (d. 1882)
  • 1821-09-27 Henri-Frederic Amiel, Swiss/French writer (Grains de Mil)
  • 1824-04-24 Fournier, Swiss/French postage stamp forger
  • 1825-10-11 Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Swiss writer, born in Zürich (d. 1898)
  • 1827-06-12 Johanna Spyri, Hirzel Switzerland, Swiss children's author (Heidi) (d. 1901)
  • 1828-09-19 Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1880)
  • 1841-02-02 François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (d. 1912)
  • 1841-08-25 Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909)
  • 1843-05-21 Charles-Albert Gobat, Tramelan, Switzerland, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1914)
  • 1844-06-14 Edouard Naville, Swiss egyptologist
  • 1846-04-04 Raoul Pictet, Geneva, Switzerland, Swiss physicist who invented liquid nitrogen and was a pioneer of cryogenics
  • 1847-04-16 Hans Auer, Swiss architect, (d. 1906)
  • 1847-08-14 Robert Comtesse, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1922)
  • 1848-09-01 Auguste-Henri Forel, Swiss entomologist (d. 1931)
  • 1848-11-12 Eduard Müller, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1919)
  • 1849-05-22 Louis Perrier, Swiss politician (d. 1913)
  • 1850-02-23 César Ritz, Swiss hotelier (d. 1918)
  • 1852-06-28 Hans Huber, Swiss composer, born in Eppenberg-Wöschnau (d. 1921)
  • 1853-03-14 Ferdinand Hodler, Swiss painter (d. 1918)
  • 1857-04-29 Edouard Rod, France/Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e)
  • 1857-04-30 Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (d. 1940)
  • 1857-11-26 Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (d. 1913)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1870-08-25 German composer Richard Wagner (57) weds Franz Liszt's daughter Cosima Liszt (32) at a Protestant church in Lucerne, Switzerland

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner

HeartWedding of Interest

1944-10-09 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (67) weds 1930 Miss France Yvonne Blanche Labrousse (38) in Geneva, Switzerland

48th Shia Imam Aga Khan III
48th Shia Imam
Aga Khan III

HeartWedding of Interest

1950-04-28 King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand marries Mon Rajawongse Sirikit at Sra Pathum Palace after a quiet engagement in Lausanne, Switzerland July 19, 1949.

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej

HeartWedding of Interest

1963-04-06 Actress Anita Ekberg (31) weds actor Rik Van Nutter (33) in Lugano, Switzerland

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg

HeartWedding of Interest

1992-04-24 Rock star David Bowie (45) weds supermodel Iman (37) in Switzerland

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 2006-05-20 Race car driver Jacques Villeneuve (35) weds Johanna Martinez at a civil ceremony in Switzerland

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-04-11 Tennis player champion Roger Federer (27) weds former WTA tennis player Miroslava Vavrinec (31) in Basel, Switzerland

Tennis Player Roger Federer
Tennis Player
Roger Federer

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-06-12 Tennis ace Boris Becker (41) weds model Sharlely Kerssenberg in St Moritz, Switzerland

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-01-01 Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-07-04 Singer Tina Turner (73) weds music executive Erwin Bach (57) in Kusnacht, Switzerland

Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner

Famous Divorces

  • 2008-08-17 Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 258

  • 1487-03-21 Nicholas of Flue, Swiss hermit and saint (b. 1417)
  • 1489-04-06 Hans Waldmann, Swiss military/mayor (Zurich), beheaded
  • 1510-03-10 Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg, Swiss-born preacher (b. 1445)
  • 1513-12-25 Johannes Amerbach, Swiss publisher/printer, dies at about 70
  • 1519-08-23 Philibert Berthelier, Swiss patriot
  • 1531-10-11 Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss church reformer (Zwinglianen), dies

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1541-09-24 Philippus A Paracelsus, Swiss physician/alchemist, dies at 47

Physician/Alchemist Paracelsus
Physician/Alchemist
Paracelsus
  • 1542-06-19 Leo Jud[ae], Swiss pastor/church reformer
  • 1551-04-06 Joachim Vadianus, Swiss physician/mayor of Sankt Gallen, dies at 66
  • 1552-10-14 Oswald Myconius, Swiss Protestant reformer (b. 1488)
  • 1563-03-28 Heinrich Glarean, Swiss music theorist (b. 1488)
  • 1565-12-13 Conrad Gessner, Swiss naturalist (b. 1516)
  • 1568-07-06 Johann Oporinus, Swiss book publisher/publisher, dies at 61
  • 1572-02-28 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)
  • 1575-09-17 Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss religious reformer (b. 1504)
  • 1584-01-04 Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter/cartoonist/playwright, dies at 44
  • 1588-03-10 Theodor Zwinger, Swiss scholar (b. 1533)
  • 1591-05-17 Jost/Jobst/Jodocus Amman, Swiss cartoonist/graphic artist, dies at 51
  • 1617-06-28 Johan Evertsen de Captain, Swiss admiral, dies in battle
  • 1617-08-13 Johann Jakob Grynaeus, Swiss Protestant clergyman (b. 1540)
  • 1622-04-24 Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar, martyr, and saint (b. 1577)
  • 1624-12-05 Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (b. 1560)
  • 1632-01-31 Joost Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker and mathematician (b. 1552)
  • 1643-11-03 Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician (b. 1577)
  • 1646-04-10 Santino Solari, Swiss architect and sculptor (b. 1576)
  • 1647-09-12 Joos Banckert, Swiss admiral (Spanish silver fleet), dies at 48
  • 1649-10-03 Giovanni Diodati, Swiss Protestant clergyman (b. 1576)
  • 1650-06-19 Matthäus Merian, Swiss engraver (b. 1593)
  • 1666-06-11 Cornelis Evertsen the Old, Swiss vice-admiral, dies in battle at 55
  • 1667-08-03 Francesco Borromini, Swiss sculptor and architect (b. 1599)
  • 1669-06-18 Abraham Crijnssen, Swiss admiral, conquered Suriname, dies
  • 1687-09-28 Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (b. 1623)
  • 1691-04-03 Jean Petitot, Swiss enamel painter (b. 1608)
  • 1698-07-18 Johann Heinrich Heidegger, Swiss theologian (b. 1633)
  • 1705-08-16 Jean/Jacobus Bernouilli, Swiss mathematician, dies at 50
  • 1713-09-09 Giovanni A di Bartlommeo Viscardi, Swiss architect, dies
  • 1724-03-08 Enrico Giovanni Zuccalli, Swiss architect, dies at about 81
  • 1724-05-18 Johann K Amman, Swiss/Dutch doctor for deaf-mutes, dies at 54
  • 1725-10-11 Hans Herr, Swiss-born Mennonite bishop (b. 1639)
  • 1726-07-31 Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1695)
  • 1733-06-23 Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar (b. 1672)
  • 1740-06-01 Samuel Werenfels, Swiss theologian (b. 1657)
  • 1748-01-01 Johann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1667)
  • 1752-01-04 Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (paradox of Cramer), dies at 47
  • 1754-03-23 Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian (b. 1693)
  • 1759-11-29 Nicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1687)
  • 1761-04-04 Theodore Gardelle, Swiss painter and enameler (b. 1722)
  • 1765-09-02 Henry Bouquet, Swiss-born British army officer (b. 1719)
  • 1765-12-16 Peter Frederick Haldimand, Swiss military officer and surveyor
  • 1777-12-12 Albrecht von Haller, Swiss physician/biologist/author, dies at 69
  • 1781-07-23 John Joachim Zubly, Swiss-born Continental Congressman (b. 1724)
  • 1783-09-18 Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician (Euler's Constant), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 76
  • 1784-05-12 Abraham Trembley, Swiss naturalist (b. 1710)
  • 1786-03-11 Jacobus Bellamy, [Zelandus], Dutch/Swiss poet, dies at 28
  • 1786-10-17 Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss artist (b. 1723)
  • 1789-06-12 Jean E Liotard, [Turk], Swiss painter (Maria-Theresia), dies
  • 1791-06-05 Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born British colonial governor (b. 1718)
  • 1793-05-20 Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist (b. 1720)
  • 1799-01-22 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist/alpinist, dies at 58
  • 1801-01-02 Johann C Lavater, Swiss vicar/philosopher, dies at 59
  • 1805-12-27 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Trois Femmes), dies at 65
  • 1811-10-11 Johann Conrad Ammann, Swiss physician and naturalist (b. 1724)
  • 1817-07-14 Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, Swiss author (b. 1766)
  • 1825-09-25 Joachim Heer, Swiss politician (b. 1879)
  • 1827-02-17 Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss educator, dies at 81
  • 1840-03-28 Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier, Swiss mathematician, dies at 89
  • 1841-09-09 Augustin P de Candolle, Swiss botanist, dies at 63
  • 1845-04-18 Nicholas T the Saussure, Swiss chemist/botany, dies at 77
  • 1850-06-12 Jean V Constant de Rebecque, Swiss/Dutch army leader, dies at 77
  • 1854-10-22 Jeremias Gotthelf [Albert Bitzius], Swiss writer (The Black Spider), dies at 57
  • 1855-02-06 Josef Munzinger, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1791)
  • 1855-03-29 Henri Druey, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1799)
  • 1857-07-19 Stefano Franscini, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1796)
  • 1861-07-25 Jonas Furrer, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1805)
  • 1864-03-17 Alexandre Calamo, Swiss painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 53
  • 1865-12-01 Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich, Swiss poet (b. 1796)
  • 1873-09-22 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1801)
  • 1873-12-14 J Louis R Agassiz, Swiss geologist/paleo-biologist), dies
  • 1876-01-07 Juste Olivier, Swiss poet (b. 1807)
  • 1879-03-01 Joachim Heer, Swiss politician (b. 1825)
  • 1880-12-25 Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1828)
  • 1881-01-21 Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1802)
  • 1881-05-11 Henri-Frederic Amiel, Swiss/French writer (Journal Intime), dies at 59
  • 1882-12-06 Alfred Escher, Swiss politician and railroad entrepreneur (b. 1819)
  • 1884-02-08 Arnold Henry Guyot, Swiss/US geologist/meteorologist, dies at 76
  • 1887-11-25 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss historic rights, dies at 71
  • 1890-11-03 Ulrich Ochsenbein, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1811)
  • 1892-01-18 Anton Anderledy, Swiss Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1819)
  • 1893-04-04 Alphonse LPP de Candolle, Swiss botanist, dies at 86
  • 1893-08-06 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1811)
  • 1897-08-08 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian, dies at 79
  • 1898-08-27 John Hopkinson, British physicist and electrical engineer (Hopkinson's Law) dies with three of his children in a mountaineering accident in the Pennine Alps, Switzerland at 49
  • 1898-11-28 Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Swiss writer, dies at 73
  • 1901-01-16 Arnold Böcklin, Swiss painter (b. 1827)
  • 1901-07-07 Johanna Spyri, Swiss author children's classic "Heidi"(b. 1827)
  • 1904-10-21 Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (b. 1877)
  • 1905-11-02 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist (b. 1817)
  • 1906-08-30 Hans Auer, Swiss architect (b. 1847)
  • 1906-12-07 Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1833)
  • 1910-01-29 Edouard Rod, French/Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e), dies at 52