Switzerland in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 128 of 128

  • 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 En route Adana to Ankara, Turkish Airlines flight with crew of 6 and 33 passengers hijacked by a Kurdish militant who orders pilot to fly to Switzerland. Pilot lands in Ankara tricking the hijacker he was landing in 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 closed borders for nearly two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich 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], Swiss architect, city planner and artist (Urbanisme), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds (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 257

  • 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