Switzerland in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 155

  • 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
  • 1428-08-07 Valais witch trial proceedings begin in Valais Canton, Switzerland, first organized witch trials
  • 1474-03-30 Duke Sigismund of 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 becomes 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 defeat 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 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 of Kappel: Swiss Roman Catholic cantons beat protestant forces of Zurich; Huldrych Zwingli Swiss reformation leader is killed
  • 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
  • 1718-01-17 Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53
  • 1798-03-29 Republic of Switzerland forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1806-09-02 A side of Rossberg Peak collapses into Goldau Valley Switzerland, kills 500
  • 1809-05-05 Citizenship is denied to Jews of Aargau Canton, 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
  • 1881-09-11 Triple landslides bury Elm, Switzerland
  • 1882-05-20 Gotthard rail tunnel between Switzerland & Italy opens
  • 1893-08-20 Shechita (ritual slaughtering) prohibited in Switzerland
  • 1900-05-19 World's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) linking Italy and Switzerland opens
  • 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
  • 1911-03-19 1st International Women's Day sees over 1 million men and women attend rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Issues discussed included women's right to vote and to hold public office, the right to work, to vocational training and an end to discrimination on the job.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet 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, allowing Switzerland to rejoin the League
  • 1922-01-21 1st slalom ski race run at 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928-06-26 First meeting of the International Congresses of Modern Architects (CIAM) at Lake Leman, Switzerland organized by Le Corbusier

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 1929-12-15 Swiss pilot Walter Mittelholzer is the first to fly over Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • 1931-05-27 Swiss Auguste Piccard and Paul Kipfer make 1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon from Augsburg, Germany
  • 1932-05-03 24 tourists begin 1st air-charter holiday (London-Basle, Switzerland)
  • 1932-08-18 Auguste Piccard and Max Cosyns reach 16,201m in a balloon launched from Dübendorf, Switzerland
  • 1932-11-09 Riots between conservative and socialist supporters in Switzerland kill 12 and injure 60.
  • 1934-09-17 USSR joins League of Nations (Netherland, Switzerland & Portugal vote no)
  • 1935-07-20 Switzerland: A Royal Dutch Airlines plane en route from Milan to Frankfurt crashes into a Swiss mountain, killing thirteen
  • 1938-04-01 Nescafé introduces their flagship brand in Switzerland
  • 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 at the outbreak of WWII
  • 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

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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 and Switzerland recognize Israel
  • 1950-06-23 Swiss parliament refuses voting rights for women
  • 1950-08-07 Tour de France: Ferdi Kübler becomes first Swiss rider to win Tour; Louison Bobet of France wins mountain classification
  • 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
  • 1954-07-04 FIFA World Cup Final: Helmut Rahn scores twice as West Germany beats Hungary 3-2 in Bern, 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.
  • 1955-09-13 Swiss inventor George de Mestral is granted a patent for what would become known as Velcro
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 498

  • 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

Person of interestParacelsus

1493-11-11 Paracelsus, Swiss physician and alchemist (Zinc, Laudanum), born in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (d. 1541)

Physician and Alchemist Paracelsus
Physician and Alchemist
Paracelsus
  • 1499-02-10 Thomas Platter, Swiss humanist (d. 1582)
  • 1504-07-18 Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss religious reformer, born in Bremgarten, Switzerland (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 physician and naturalist, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1565)
  • 1524-09-07 Thomas Erastus, Swiss physician and theologist, born in Baden, Switzerland (d. 1583)
  • 1533-08-02 Theodor Zwinger, Swiss physician and scholar, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1588)
  • 1539-04-17 Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter (Strasbourg astronomical clock), born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1584)
  • 1539-06-13 Jost Amman, Swiss cartoonist, graphic artist and illustrator, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1591)
  • 1540-10-01 Johann Jakob Grynaeus, Swiss Protestant clergyman, born in Bern, Switzerland (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, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1649)
  • 1577-06-12 Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician (Guldinus theorem), born in Mels, Switzerland (d. 1643)
  • 1577-10-01 Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar, martyr, and saint, born in Sigmaringen, Germany (d. 1622)
  • 1593-09-25 Matthew Merian the Elder, Swiss engraver and bookseller, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1650)
  • 1610-07-04 Cornelis Evertsen the Elder, Dutch-Swiss vice-admiral, born in Flushing, Netherlands (d. 1666)
  • 1620-03-12 Johann Heinrich Hottinger, Swiss philologist and theologian (d. 1667)
  • 1623-10-17 Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (d. 1687)
  • 1627-06-13 Fidel Molitor, Swiss composer, born in Wil (d. 1685)
  • 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)
  • 1661-11-15 Christoph von Graffenried, Swiss settler in Americas (d. 1743)
  • 1667-07-27 Jean Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1748)
  • 1669-11-23 Johann K Amman, Swiss/Dutch deaf-mute teacher (Surdus Loquens)
  • 1672-08-02 Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar, born in Zürich, Switzerland (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)
  • 1700-01-29 Daniel Bernoulli, mathematician (10 time French award), born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1702-12-22 Jean-Étienne Liotard, Swiss-French painter, art connoisseur, and dealer (Madame d'Epinay), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1789)
  • 1704-07-31 Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (paradox of Cramer), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1752)

Person of interestLeonhard Euler

1707-04-15 Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician (Euler's Constant), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1783)

Mathematician Leonhard Euler
Mathematician
Leonhard Euler
  • 1708-10-16 Albrecht von Haller, Swiss experimental physiologist, biologist and author (Acadamy of Science), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1777)
  • 1710-09-03 Abraham Trembley, Swiss naturalist (first to study freshwater polyps or hydra), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1784)
  • 1712-06-28 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher, eminent political theorist, and writer whose influential works inspired French Revolution leaders and Romantic academics (Confession), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1778)
  • 1713-09-18 Jean Allamand, Swiss-Dutch natural philosopher, born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1787)
  • 1716-02-18 Gaspard Fritz, Swiss composer and violinist, born in Geneva (d. 1783)
  • 1718-08-11 Sir Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born British colonial governor (d. 1791)
  • 1720-03-13 Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist and writer, born in Geneva (d. 1793)
  • 1720-08-10 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer of Schauensee, Swiss composer and organist, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1789)
  • 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-American Continental Congressman, born in St. Gall, Switzerland (d. 1781)
  • 1724-12-24 Johann Conrad Ammann, Swiss physician and naturalist (d. 1811)
  • 1725-03-29 Joseph Franz Xaver Dominik Stalder, Swiss composer, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1765)
  • 1728-12-08 Johann G von Zimmermann, Swiss author

Person of interestJacques Necker

1732-09-30 Jacques Necker, French finance minister of Louis XVI whose decisions contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1804)

Finance Minister Jacques Necker
Finance Minister
Jacques Necker
  • 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, Swiss educator (Leonard & Gertrude), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1827)
  • 1750-04-24 Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier, Swiss mathematician, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1840)
  • 1752-09-18 Johann Anton Sulzer, Swiss writer and composer, born in Rheinfelden, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1828)
  • 1761-01-29 Albert Gallatin, Swiss-American politician, Secretary of the Treasury (1801-14), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1849)
  • 1771-03-22 Heinrich D Zschokke, Swiss author (Das Goldmacherdorf)
  • 1773-04-22 Jean V baron de Rebecque, Swiss/Dutch army leader
  • 1773-05-26 Hans Georg Nägeli, Swiss composer, born in Wetzikon, Switzerland (d. 1836)
  • 1778-02-04 A. P. de Candolle, Swiss botanist (d. 1841)
  • 1782-03-04 Johann Rudolf Wyss, Swiss folklorist and writer (Swiss Family Robinson), born in Bern (d. 1830)
  • 1791-10-31 Ferdinand Huber, Swiss composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1863)
  • 1791-11-11 Josef Munzinger, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1855)
  • 1793-07-23 Joseph Hartmann Stuntz, Swiss composer, born in Arlesheim, Switzerland (d. 1859)
  • 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], Swiss writer (The Black Spider), born in Murten, Switzerland (d. 1854)
  • 1799-04-12 Henri Druey, Swiss politician and a founding father of constitutional democracy in Switzerland, born in Faoug, Switzerland (d. 1855)
  • 1801-05-31 Johann Georg Baiter, Swiss philologist (d. 1887)
  • 1801-10-12 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss politician, born in Lindau, Germany (d. 1873)
  • 1802-02-19 Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1881)
  • 1802-04-27 Louis Niedermeyer, composer, born in Nyon, Switzerland (d. 1861)
  • 1803-02-15 John Augustus Sutter, Swiss/US colonist (New Helvetia Ca, Sutter Mill)
  • 1803-07-20 Jakob Zeugheer, Swiss composer, born in Zürich (d. 1865)
  • 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, Swiss naturalist/geologist/teacher
  • 1807-09-28 Arnold Henry Guyot, Swiss-American geologist, geographer and meteorologist, born in Boudevilliers, Switzerland (d. 1884)
  • 1810-05-28 Alexandre Calamo, Swiss 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)

Person of interestHenri Nestlé

1814-08-10 Henri Nestlé, German-Swiss industrialist (founder of Nestlé), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1890)

Founder of Nestlé Henri Nestlé
Founder of Nestlé
Henri Nestlé
  • 1815-12-22 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss judicial historian
  • 1816-08-03 John E. Smith, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Berne, Switzerland (d. 1897)
  • 1817-03-27 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss botanist (famous for his work on plant cells), born in Kilchberg, Switzerland (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)
  • 1819-07-19 Gottfried Keller, German-Swiss poet and novelist, born in Zurich (d. 1890)
  • 1821-09-27 Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Swiss writer (Grains de Mil), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1881)
  • 1824-04-24 François Fournier, Swiss-French postage stamp forger, born in Croix-de-Rozon, Switzerland (d. 1917)

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

1954-09-25 "Roman Holiday" actress Audrey Hepburn (25) weds actor Mel Ferrer (37) in Burgenstock, Switzerland

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
  • 1986-02-01 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland

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 Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
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 318

  • 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

Person of interestParacelsus

1541-09-24 Paracelsus, Swiss physician and alchemist (Zinc, Laudanum), dies at 47

Physician and Alchemist Paracelsus
Physician and 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 physician and naturalist, dies at 49
  • 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, dies at 71
  • 1583-12-31 Thomas Erastus, Swiss physician and theologist, dies at 59
  • 1584-01-04 Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter (Strasbourg astronomical clock), dies at 44
  • 1588-03-10 Theodor Zwinger, Swiss physician and scholar, dies at 54
  • 1591-05-17 Jost Amman, Swiss cartoonist, graphic artist and illustrator, dies at 51
  • 1617-06-28 Johan Evertsen de Captain, Swiss admiral, dies in battle
  • 1617-08-13 Johann Jakob Grynaeus, Swiss Protestant clergyman, dies at 76
  • 1622-04-24 Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar, martyr, and saint, dies at 44
  • 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 (Guldinus theorem), dies at 66
  • 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, dies at 73
  • 1650-06-19 Matthäus Merian, Swiss engraver (b. 1593)
  • 1666-06-11 Cornelis Evertsen the Elder, Dutch-Swiss vice-admiral, dies in battle at 55
  • 1669-06-18 Abraham Crijnssen, Swiss admiral, conquered Suriname, dies
  • 1685-10-03 Fidel Molitor, Swiss composer, dies at 58
  • 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, dies at 60
  • 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)
  • 1765-01-04 Joseph Franz Xaver Dominik Stalder, Swiss composer, dies at 39
  • 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 experimental physiologist, biologist and author (Acadamy of Science), dies at 69
  • 1781-07-23 John Joachim Zubly, Swiss-American Continental Congressman, dies at 56
  • 1782-03-17 Daniel Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and physicist (10 time French award), dies at 82
  • 1783-03-23 Gaspard Fritz, Swiss composer and violinist, dies at 67

Person of interestLeonhard Euler

1783-09-18 Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician (Euler's Constant), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 76

Mathematician Leonhard Euler
Mathematician
Leonhard Euler
  • 1784-05-12 Abraham Trembley, Swiss naturalist (first to study freshwater polyps or hydra), dies at 73
  • 1786-03-11 Jacobus Bellamy, [Zelandus], Dutch/Swiss poet, dies at 28
  • 1786-10-17 Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss artist (b. 1723)
  • 1787-03-02 Jean Allamand, Swiss-Dutch natural philosopher, dies at 73
  • 1789-01-02 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer of Schauensee, Swiss composer and organist, dies at 68
  • 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 and writer, dies at 73
  • 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 (Leonard & Gertrude), dies at 81
  • 1828-03-08 Johann Anton Sulzer, Swiss writer and composer, dies at 75
  • 1830-03-21 Johann Rudolf Wyss, Swiss folkorist and writer (Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 48
  • 1836-12-26 Hans Georg Nägeli, Swiss composer, dies at 63
  • 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 politician and a founding father of constitutional democracy in Switzerland, dies at 55
  • 1857-07-19 Stefano Franscini, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1796)
  • 1859-06-18 Joseph Hartmann Stuntz, Swiss composer, dies at 65
  • 1861-07-25 Jonas Furrer, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1805)
  • 1863-01-09 Ferdinand Huber, Swiss composer, dies at 71
  • 1864-03-17 Alexandre Calamo, Swiss painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 53
  • 1865-06-15 Jakob Zeugheer, Swiss composer, dies at 61
  • 1865-12-01 Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich, Swiss poet (b. 1796)
  • 1873-09-22 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss politician, dies at 62
  • 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, dies at 52
  • 1881-01-21 Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1802)
  • 1881-05-11 Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Swiss 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-American geologist, geographer and meteorologist, dies at 76
  • 1887-11-25 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss historic rights, dies at 71

Person of interestHenri Nestlé

1890-07-07 Henri Nestlé, German-Swiss industrialist (founder of Nestlé), dies from heart attack at 75

Founder of Nestlé Henri Nestlé
Founder of Nestlé
Henri Nestlé
  • 1890-07-16 Gottfried Keller, German-Swiss novelist and poet, dies at 70