Switzerland in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 129 of 129

  • 1980-09-05 World's longest road tunnel, St Gotthard in Swiss Alps, opens
  • 1982-09-06 Polish dissidents seize Polish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1982-10-03 Cox 4 rowing record set at 12:52 for 99 miles (Geneva, Switzerland)

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1988-03-10 Avalanche at Swiss Ski resort Klosters nearly kills Prince Charles

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles

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1988-04-30 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin

Singer Celine Dion
Singer
Celine Dion
  • 1991-03-03 Switzerland votes on lowering voting age from 20 to 18
  • 1992-12-06 81st Davis Cup: USA beats Switzerland in Fort Worth (3-1)
  • 1994-06-18 FIFA World Cup: US ties Switzerland 1-1 in their 1st game of 1994 football World Cup
  • 1994-09-26 Switzerland bans racist propaganda
  • 1997-02-05 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund
  • 1998-02-25 Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich
  • 1998-09-02 Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed.
  • 1998-10-29 While en route from Adana to Ankara, a Turkish Airlines flight with a crew of 6 and 33 passengers is hijacked by a Kurdish militant who orders the pilot to fly to Switzerland. The plane instead lands in Ankara after the pilot tricked the hijacker into thinking that he was landing in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia to refuel.
  • 2002-03-03 Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
  • 2002-09-10 Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations.

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2008-05-10 Philippine court acquits Imelda Marcos in a 17-year-old case of 32 counts of illegal transfer of wealth totaling $863 million in Swiss bank accounts.

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
  • 2008-09-10 The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 2008-09-26 Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.
  • 2009-06-02 Switzerland officially enters the global recession
  • 2009-10-10 After having closed borders for about two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders.
  • 2012-03-13 28 people, including 22 children, are killed in a motorway bus crash near Sierre, Switzerland
  • 2013-05-19 Sweden defeats Switzerland to win the 2013 World Ice Hockey Championship
  • 2014-02-09 Switzerland votes to return immigration quotas
  • 2014-05-18 Swiss voters reject a $25 per hour minimum wage
  • 2014-11-23 103rd Davis Cup: Switzerland beats France in Lille (3-1), winning the Davis Cup for the first time
  • 2014-11-25 Switzerland's Bern Art Museum agrees to accept artworks looted from their Jewish owners by the Nazis
  • 2016-01-31 "World's best chef" French-Swiss Benoît Violier found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world's best by La Liste
  • 2016-06-01 Switzerland’s Gotthard base tunnel opens - world’s longest at 57km and most expensive tunnel costing €11bn
  • 2016-06-05 Swiss vote to reject referendum to give each citizen a guaranteed income of $2,500 Swiss francs per month

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 395

  • 1858-06-18 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist
  • 1860-08-28 Marianne V von Werefkin, Russian/German/Swiss painter [OS]
  • 1860-09-11 Marianne V von Werefkin, Russian/German/Swiss painter [NS]
  • 1862-03-04 Robert Emden, Swiss geo/astro physics (Emden-polytroop)
  • 1862-09-01 Adolphe Appia, Swiss set designer/theorist
  • 1863-09-18 Hermann Kutter, Swiss Christ-social theologist
  • 1863-09-23 Alexandre EJ Yersin, Swiss/French bacteriologist (bacteria plague)
  • 1863-12-07 Felix Calonder, Scuol, Swiss politician (Free Democratic Party)
  • 1864-06-21 Heinrich Wölfflin, Swiss art historian (d. 1945)
  • 1865-02-04 Charles Bally, Swiss linguist (Le langage et la vie)
  • 1865-07-06 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (d. 1950)
  • 1866-12-12 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913)
  • 1867-08-22 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (d. 1939)
  • 1868-03-28 Cuno Amiet, Swiss painter
  • 1868-09-06 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1947)
  • 1870-03-13 Albert Meyer, member of the Swiss Federal Council in the 1930s (d. 1953)
  • 1870-07-10 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism)
  • 1872-03-08 Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer
  • 1873-08-22 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist
  • 1873-12-25 Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-born American dairy educator (d. 1959)
  • 1874-04-19 Ernst Rüdin, Swiss psychiatrist, geneticist, and eugenicist (d. 1952)
  • 1874-11-26 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss/French author (Ecoute Israel)

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1875-07-26 Carl Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology), born in Kesswil, Switzerland (d. 1961)

Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Psychiatrist
Carl Jung
  • 1875-11-14 Jakob Schaffner, Swiss writer: Conrad Pilater
  • 1877-02-17 Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (d. 1904)
  • 1877-03-09 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist/bio-chemist

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1877-07-02 Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss novelist and poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946), born in Calw, Württemberg, Germany (d. 1962)

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • 1877-08-27 Ernst Wetter, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1963)
  • 1877-11-22 Joan Gamper, Swiss-born businessman and founder of FC Barcelona (d. 1930)
  • 1878-02-22 Walter Ritz, Swiss physicist (d. 1909)
  • 1878-04-24 Jean Crotti, Swiss artist (d. 1958)
  • 1878-08-18 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, born in Lucerne (d. 1959)
  • 1878-09-24 C. F. Ramuz, Swiss writer (d. 1947)
  • 1878-12-25 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)
  • 1879-01-01 Emile Argand, Swiss geologist (Dekbladen Theory)
  • 1879-03-26 Othmar Ammann, Swiss bridge engineer (d. 1965)
  • 1879-07-05 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor/composer (Tonhalle Orchestra)
  • 1879-09-12 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter
  • 1879-12-18 Paul Klee, Münchenbuchsee Switzerland, Swiss/German abstract painter (Twittering Machine)
  • 1880-01-10 Grock, [Adrien Wettach], Swiss clown/circus director
  • 1880-07-24 Ernest Bloch, Geneva Switzerland, composer (MacBeth)
  • 1881-03-17 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1881-10-24 Paulus B Barth, Swiss painter/lithographer
  • 1882-01-12 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist
  • 1882-03-26 Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist (d. 1940)
  • 1882-07-16 Felix Locher, Switzerland, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter)
  • 1883-11-11 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (Ruilles de Printemps), born in Vevey, Switzerland (d. 1969)
  • 1884-01-28 Auguste Piccard, Switzerland, scientist/explorer (balloonist), twin brother of Jean Felix Piccard
  • 1884-01-28 Jean Felix Piccard, Switzerland, scientist/explorer (balloonist) twin brother of Auguste Piccard
  • 1884-03-13 Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Bluthochzeit)
  • 1884-11-08 Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist (d. 1922)
  • 1884-12-03 Walther Stampfli, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1965)
  • 1886-03-13 Henri D Gagnebin, Swiss organist
  • 1886-04-05 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter)
  • 1886-05-10 Karl Barth, Basel Switzerland, theologian/author (Action in Waiting)
  • 1886-06-01 Ernst Kurth, Austrian/Swiss musicologist
  • 1886-10-06 Edwin Fischer, Swiss pianist and conductor (d. 1960)
  • 1887-09-01 Blaise Cendrars, [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Swiss poet/writer
  • 1887-09-15 Jean/Hans Arp, French/Swiss sculptor, artist and poet
  • 1887-09-16 Hans/Jean Arp, French/Swiss painter/poet/sculptor

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1887-10-06 Le Corbusier [Charles Jeanneret], La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, architect/city planner/artist (Urbanisme), (d. 1965)

Architect/ City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect/ City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 1888-01-10 Grock, Switzerland, clown
  • 1888-06-26 Paul Niggli, Zofingen, Swiss Mineralogist (crystal structures)
  • 1889-01-19 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Davos Switzerland, painter, sculptor and dancer
  • 1889-04-21 Paul Karrer, Swiss chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1889-06-19 Enrico Celio, president (Switzerland)
  • 1890-09-15 Frank Martin, Geneva Switzerland, composer (In Terra Fax)
  • 1890-09-22 Ferdinand Gonseth, Swiss mathematician/philosopher
  • 1891-02-05 Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum)
  • 1891-03-24 John Knittel, Swiss writer, born in Dharwar, India (d. 1970)
  • 1891-06-02 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, born in Bern (d. 1980)
  • 1891-06-10 Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru the Tulips)
  • 1893-03-09 Hans Münch, Swiss conductor and composer, born in Mulhouse, France (d. 1983)
  • 1893-10-17 Jean Binet, Swiss composer, born in Geneva (d. 1960)
  • 1894-04-02 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer (Swiss Air)
  • 1895-01-24 Albin Zollinger, Swiss poet/author (Der Halbe Mensch)
  • 1895-04-09 Michel Simon, [Francois], Geneva Switzerland
  • 1895-08-16 Albert Cohen, Swiss novelist (d. 1981)
  • 1895-11-18 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, born in Basel (d. 1981)
  • 1896-04-18 C Eugene Wegmann, Swiss geologist (Le Jura plisse)
  • 1896-09-12 Giuseppe Zoppi, Swiss writer (Il Libro Dell'Alpe)
  • 1896-12-27 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright
  • 1897-07-20 Tadeusz Reichstein, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950)
  • 1897-08-02 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1974)
  • 1898-02-14 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (supernova, dark matter)
  • 1899-01-12 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948)
  • 1899-02-26 Max Petitpierre, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1994)
  • 1899-07-10 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist (d. 1978)
  • 1900-04-25 Wolfgang Pauli, Swiss/Us physicist (Pauli inhibition, Nobel 1945)
  • 1900-07-27 Hans Haug, Swiss composer, born in Luasanne (d. 1967)
  • 1900-11-08 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Küssnacht, Swiss Botanist and pioneer of submicroscopic morphology and the discipline of molecular biology
  • 1900-12-03 Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide (d. 2004)
  • 1901-10-10 Albert Giacometti, Swiss/French painter/sculptor
  • 1902-02-25 Oscar Cullmann, Swiss theologist (Das Petrusproblem)
  • 1902-06-26 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss Tenor
  • 1903-02-03 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor
  • 1904-05-14 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (d. 1961)
  • 1905-02-01 Ernst Carl Gerlach Stueckelberg, Basel Switzerland, eminent mathematician and physicist
  • 1905-10-23 Felix Bloch, Swiss/US nuclear physicist (Nobel 1952)
  • 1906-01-11 Albert Hofmann, Switzerland, chemist (discovered LSD)

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 258

  • 1910-10-30 J Henri Dunant, Swiss writer/founder (Red Cross, YMCA), dies
  • 1912-08-07 François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (b. 1841)
  • 1913-02-22 Ferdinand Mongin de Saussure, Swiss linguist, dies at 55
  • 1913-05-16 Louis Perrier, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1849)
  • 1914-03-16 Charles Albert Gobat, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1843)
  • 1917-07-12 Fournier, Swiss/French postage stamp merchant/forger, dies
  • 1917-07-27 Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Nobel laureate (b. 1841)
  • 1919-11-09 Eduard Müller, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1848)
  • 1919-11-15 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), dies
  • 1921-12-25 Hans Huber, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • 1922-04-02 Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychologist (b. 1884)
  • 1922-11-17 Robert Comtesse, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1847)
  • 1924-12-29 Carl Spitteler, Swiss writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)
  • 1925-12-29 Félix E Vallotton, Swiss painter/writer (Chaste Susanne), dies at 60
  • 1928-02-29 Adolphe Appia, Swiss set designer/theorist, dies at 65
  • 1929-07-27 Raoul Pictet, Swiss physicist who invented liquid nitrogen and was a pioneer of cryogenics, dies at 83
  • 1930-07-30 Joan Gamper, Swiss-Catalan businessman and founder of FC Barcelona (b. 1877)
  • 1931-02-03 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist, dies at 72
  • 1931-07-27 Auguste-Henri Forel, Swiss entomologist (b. 1848)
  • 1935-02-09 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, dies at 61
  • 1936-02-04 Wilhelm Gustloff, German leader of the Swiss Nazi party (b. 1895)
  • 1937-05-09 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer, dies in crash at 43
  • 1937-12-28 Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62
  • 1938-02-06 Marianne V von Werefkin, Russ/German/Swiss house painter, dies at 77
  • 1938-12-08 Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (b. 1896)
  • 1939-01-24 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (b. 1867)
  • 1940-02-09 Eugene Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1857)
  • 1940-06-29 Paul Klee, Swiss/German painter/tutor (Modern Art), dies at 60
  • 1940-08-21 Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1940-08-21 Hermann Obrecht, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1882)
  • 1940-10-08 Robert Emden, Swiss geo/astro physics (Gaskugeln), dies at 78

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1941-01-13 James Joyce, novelist (Ulysses), dies in Zurich Switzerland, at 58

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1941-11-07 Albin Zollinger, Swiss poet/author (Das Gewitter), dies at 46
  • 1943-01-13 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist (b. 1889)
  • 1943-03-02 Alexandre Yersin, Swiss bacteriologist (bacteria plague), dies at 79
  • 1944-01-05 Adolph Goldschmidt, German/Swiss art historian, dies at 80
  • 1944-02-17 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter, dies at 64
  • 1944-09-25 Jakob Schaffner, Swiss writer (Irrfahrten), dies at 68
  • 1945-01-08 Karl Krafft, Swiss astrologer who was manipulated by the Nazi regime (b. 1900)
  • 1945-02-11 Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
  • 1946-04-16 Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
  • 1947-02-26 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council (b. 1868)
  • 1950-07-01 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (b. 1865)
  • 1950-08-05 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist/bio-chemistry, dies at 73
  • 1952-06-15 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist, dies at 70
  • 1952-09-14 Alexander Xaver Gwerder, Swiss writer, commits suicide at 29
  • 1952-09-19 Giuseppe Zoppi, Swiss writer (Presento il mio Ticino), dies
  • 1953-01-13 Paul Niggli, Swiss Mineralogist (crystal structures), dies at 64
  • 1953-10-23 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83
  • 1954-05-16 Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38
  • 1955-04-25 Paulus B Barth, Swiss painter/lithographer, dies at 73
  • 1955-11-27 Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer (Cantate Noel), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1955-12-08 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist, dies at 69
  • 1956-01-10 Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum), dies at 64
  • 1957-03-15 Ernst Nobs, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1886)
  • 1958-01-30 Jean Crotti, Swiss artist (b. 1878)
  • 1959-07-14 Grock, [Adrien Wettach], Swiss clown/circus director, dies at 79
  • 1959-07-15 Ernest Bloch, Swiss/US composer (Macbeth), dies at 78
  • 1959-11-29 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • 1960-12-07 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)

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1961-06-06 Carl Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology), dies at 85

Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Psychiatrist
Carl Jung
  • 1961-06-16 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (b. 1904)
  • 1961-07-06 Cuno Amiet, Swiss painter, dies at 93
  • 1962-01-16 Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Holbein in England), dies at 77
  • 1962-03-25 Auguste Piccard, Swiss explorer/balloonist, dies at 78
  • 1962-06-18 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor/composer (Bruckner), dies at 82

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1962-08-09 Hermann Hesse, German/Swiss poet/author (Nobel 1946), dies at 85

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • 1963-01-28 Jean Felix Piccard, swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday
  • 1963-08-10 Ernst Wetter, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1877)
  • 1963-10-15 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss/French writer (Ecoute Israel), dies
  • 1964-11-06 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (b. 1925)
  • 1965-05-22 Heinrich Barth, Swiss philosopher (Das Sein in der Zeit), dies

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1965-08-27 Le Corbusier, [Charles Jeanneret], Swiss/French architect, dies at 77

Architect/ City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect/ City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 1965-10-11 Walther Stampfli, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1884)
  • 1965-10-13 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948), dies at 66
  • 1966-01-11 Albert Giacometti, Swiss/French painter/sculptor, dies at 64
  • 1966-06-07 Hans/Jean Arp, French/Swiss painter/poet/sculptor, dies at 78
  • 1967-03-04 Michel Plancherel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1885)
  • 1967-06-18 Beat Fehr, Swiss racing driver (b. 1942)
  • 1967-09-15 Hans Haug, Swiss classical composer, dies at 67
  • 1968-11-02 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • 1968-12-10 Karl Barth, Swiss theologist/minister (Kirchliche Dogma), dies at 82
  • 1969-02-20 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85
  • 1970-04-26 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • 1971-06-18 Paul Karrer, Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1889)
  • 1972-12-06 Janet Munro, actress (Crawling Eye, Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 38
  • 1973-08-12 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1974-02-08 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss/US astronomer (supernova, dark matter), dies at 75
  • 1974-05-26 Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 1974-11-21 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), dies at 84
  • 1974-12-02 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1897)
  • 1975-01-03 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor, dies at 71
  • 1975-01-22 Andrew George Burry, Swiss-born manufacturer and businessman (b. 1873)
  • 1977-01-18 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
  • 1977-06-02 Henri D Gagnebin, Swiss organist/composer, dies at 91
  • 1977-09-18 Paul Bernays, Swiss mathematician (b. 1888)

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1977-12-25 Charlie Chaplin, actor/comedian (Modern Times, The Kid), dies in Switzerland at 88

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1978-11-06 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist (b. 1899)
  • 1980-02-07 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • 1980-09-08 Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist/theory/educator, dies at 84