Switzerland in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 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 Canton Schaffhausen reject female suffrage
  • 1970-02-24 29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland)
  • 1971-02-07 Switzerland votes for national women's suffrage in a referendum
  • 1971-10-11 Switzerland recognizes North Vietnam
  • 1973-04-10 BEA flight to Basel Switzerland, crashes on landing, killing 104 of 143

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
Actor Richard Dreyfuss
Actor
Richard Dreyfuss

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

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
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
  • 1982-09-06 Polish dissidents seize Polish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1983-07-24 21st Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats Germany in Zurich Switzerland (2-1)

  • 1983-09-04 Greg LeMond wins UCI World Road Race Championship in 7h 01' 21" in Altenrhein, Switzerland; first American cyclist to take the title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1991-08-07 American team of Carl Lewis, Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell & Dennis Mitchell set 4 x 100m relay world record of 37.67 seconds in Zürich, Switzerland

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1992-12-06 81st Davis Cup: USA beats Switzerland in Fort Worth (3-1)
  • 1993-08-18 Historical Kapelbrug in Luzern Switzerland, destroyed by fire
  • 1994-09-26 Switzerland bans racist propaganda
  • 1997-01-24 The Swiss government and several banks and businesses agree to create a memorial fund for victims of the Holocaust
  • 1997-03-21 Ice Dance Championship in Lausanne, Switzerland won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus)
  • 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 Kurdish militant, orders pilot fly to Switzerland. Pilot lands in Ankara tricking 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

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2004-09-12 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer of Switzerland wins first US title; outclasses Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6, 6-0

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2007-07-03 America's Cup: Swiss defender Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 1 second to take the series 5-2 off Valencia, Spain

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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 Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
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
  • 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

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

2014-01-26 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his first major title; beats Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 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

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

2015-06-07 French Open Men's Tennis: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his 2nd major title; beats Novak Đoković 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 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 is completed - 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016-07-17 17 works by Swiss architect Le Corbusier included in UNESCO World Heritage sites list as "an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement"

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 2016-08-20 In a blanket finish American triathlete Gwen Jorgensen takes the Olympic gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 1:56.16; 0.40 ahead of Nicola Spirig Hug of Switzerland, and Great Britain's Vicky Holland by 0:45
  • 2016-09-11 US Open Men's Tennis: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his 3rd major title; beats defending champion Novak Đoković 6-7, 1-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
  • 2017-04-16 World record for gathering of Charlie Chaplin lookalikes - 662 at Manoir de Ban, Chaplin museum in Vevey, Switzerland
  • 2017-08-11 Fipronil contaminated eggs now affecting fifteen EU countries, Hong Kong and Switzerland according to European Commission
  • 2018-08-05 Vintage Junkers Ju-52 plane crashes near Flims, Switzerland, killing all 20 on board

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 493

  • 1825-10-11 Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Swiss writer, born in Zürich (d. 1898)
  • 1827-06-12 Johanna Spyri, Swiss children's book author (Heidi), born in Hirzel, Switzerland (d. 1901)
  • 1828-05-08 Henri Dunant, Swiss humanitarian, Founder of Red Cross (Nobel 1901), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1910)
  • 1828-09-19 Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councilor, born in Frauenfeld, Switzerland (d. 1880)
  • 1838-04-12 John Shaw Billings, American librarian and surgeon, born in Allensville, Switzerland County, Indiana (d. 1913)
  • 1841-02-02 François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (d. 1912)
  • 1841-08-25 Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1917)
  • 1841-10-11 Friedrich Hegar, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1927)
  • 1843-05-21 Charles-Albert Gobat, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize, born in Tramelan, Switzerland (d. 1914)
  • 1844-06-14 Édouard Naville, Swiss Egyptologist (Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1926)
  • 1845-04-24 Carl Spitteler, Swiss poet (Prometheus & Epimetheus; Nobel 1919), born in Liestal, Switzerland (d. 1924)
  • 1846-04-04 Raoul Pictet, Swiss physicist who invented liquid nitrogen and was a pioneer of cryogenics, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1929)
  • 1847-04-16 Hans Auer, Swiss-Austrian architect, born in Wädenswil, Switerland (d. 1906)
  • 1847-08-14 Robert Comtesse, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1899-1912), born in Valangin, Sweden (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 and member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (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, born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1918)
  • 1857-04-29 Édouard Rod, France-Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e), born in Nyon, Switzerland (d. 1910)
  • 1857-04-30 Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (introduced the term schizophrenia to describe the disorder previously known as dementia praecox), born in Zollikon, Switzerland (d. 1940)
  • 1857-11-26 Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (Mémoire sur le système primitif des voyelles dans les langues indo-européennes), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1913)
  • 1858-06-18 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist
  • 1860-08-28 Marianne Von Werefkin, Russian-German-Swiss Expressionist painter, born in Tula, Russia (d. 1938)
  • 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 Protestant theologian (founder of Christian Socialism in Switzerland), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1931)
  • 1863-09-23 Alexandre Yersin, Swiss French bacteriologist (discovered bubonic plague bacillus), born in Aubonne, Switzerland (d. 1943)
  • 1863-12-07 Felix Calonder, Swiss politician (Free Democratic Party), born in Scuol, Switzerland
  • 1864-06-21 Heinrich Wölfflin, Swiss art historian, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1945)
  • 1865-02-04 Charles Bally, Swiss linguist (Le langage et la vie)
  • 1865-07-06 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician, composer, and pedagogue (Dalcroze Eurythmics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1950)
  • 1865-12-28 Félix Vallotton, Swiss-French painter and writer (Chaste Suzanna), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1925)
  • 1866-09-13 Adolf Meyer, American psychiatrist and neurologist (pioneered mental hygiene), born in Niederweningen, Switzerland (d. 1950)
  • 1866-12-12 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), born in Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France (d. 1919)
  • 1867-08-13 Rudolf Georg Binding, German songwriter and writer (Legenden Der Zeit), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1938)
  • 1867-08-22 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist, born in Aarau, Switzerland (d. 1939)
  • 1868-03-28 Cuno Amiet, Swiss painter and illustrator, born in Solothurn, Switzerland (d. 1961)
  • 1868-09-06 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council, born in Weinfelden, Switzerland (d. 1947)
  • 1868-11-13 Pierre Maurice, Swiss composer, born in Allaman, Switzerland (d. 1936)
  • 1869-06-06 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, born in Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1930)
  • 1870-03-13 Albert Meyer, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1929-38), born in Fällanden, Switzerland (d. 1953)
  • 1870-04-28 Hermann Suter, Swiss composer, born in Kaiserstuhl, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1926)
  • 1870-07-10 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), born in Poissy, France (d. 1953)
  • 1872-03-08 Paul Juon, Russian-Swiss violinist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1940)
  • 1873-05-21 Emil Ermatinger, Swiss literature historian, born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1953)
  • 1873-08-22 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1935)
  • 1873-12-25 Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-born American dairy educator (d. 1959)
  • 1874-02-26 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, born in Oberrohrdorf (d. 1958)
  • 1874-04-19 Ernst Rüdin, Swiss-German psychiatrist, geneticist, and eugenicist, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1952)
  • 1874-11-26 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss-French author (Ecoute Israel), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1963)

Person of interestCarl Jung

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
  • 1877-01-17 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Zurich (d. 1936)
  • 1877-02-17 Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (d. 1904)
  • 1877-02-24 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-born American composer, born in Zurich (d. 1972)
  • 1877-03-09 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist and biochemist, born in Oberuzwil, Switzerland (d. 1950)

Person of interestHermann Hesse

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, born in Töss, Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 1963)
  • 1877-11-22 Joan Gamper, Swiss-Catalan businessman and founder of FC Barcelona, born in Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 1930)
  • 1878-02-22 Walter Ritz, Swiss physicist (d. 1909)
  • 1878-04-15 Robert Walser, Swiss writer, born in Biel (d. 1956)
  • 1878-04-24 Jean Crotti, Swiss-French artist, born in Bulle, Fribourg, Switzerland (d. 1958)
  • 1878-08-18 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, born in Lucerne (d. 1959)
  • 1878-09-24 Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Swiss writer (Le Petit Village), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (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-American bridge engineer, born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1965)
  • 1879-07-05 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor and composer (Tonhalle Orchestra), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1962)
  • 1879-09-12 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter, born in Lugano, Switzerland (d. 1944)
  • 1879-09-30 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist and critic, born in Zurich (d. 1944)
  • 1879-12-18 Paul Klee, Münchenbuchsee Switzerland, Swiss/German abstract painter (Twittering Machine)
  • 1880-01-10 Grock [Adrien Wettach], Swiss clown and circus director, born in Loveresse, Canton of Bern (d. 1959)
  • 1880-07-24 Ernest Bloch, Swiss-born American composer (MacBeth, Schelomo, Israel), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • 1881-03-17 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1881-10-24 Paul Basilius Barth, Swiss painter and lithographer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1955)
  • 1882-01-12 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist
  • 1882-03-26 Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist, member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Grenchen, Switzerland (d. 1940)
  • 1882-07-16 Felix Locher, Swiss actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), born in Berne, Switzerland (d. 1969)
  • 1883-11-11 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (Ruilles de Printemps), born in Vevey, Switzerland (d. 1969)
  • 1884-01-28 Auguste Piccard, Swiss scientist/explorer (balloonist), twin brother of Jean Felix Piccard
  • 1884-01-28 Jean Felix Piccard, Swiss scientist/explorer (balloonist) twin brother of Auguste Piccard
  • 1884-03-13 Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Bluthochzeit), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1962)

Person of interestEmil Jannings

1884-07-23 Emil Jannings, German actor (Faust, The Blue Angel, The Way of All Flesh), born in Rorschach, Switzerland (d. 1950)

  • 1884-11-08 Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (inkblot test - Rorschach test), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1922)
  • 1884-12-03 Walther Stampfli, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Büren, Solothurn, Switzerland (d. 1965)
  • 1886-03-13 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1886-04-05 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1955)
  • 1886-05-10 Karl Barth, Basel Switzerland, theologian/author (Action in Waiting)
  • 1886-06-01 Ernst Kurth, Austrian/Swiss musicologist
  • 1886-07-23 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (Thermodynamik), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1976)
  • 1886-10-06 Edwin Fischer, Swiss pianist and conductor (d. 1960)
  • 1887-09-01 Blaise Cendrars, [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Swiss poet/writer
  • 1887-09-13 Leopold Ružička, Croatian-Swiss chemist (Nobel 1939), born in Vukovar, Croatia (d. 1976)
  • 1887-09-16 Jean Arp [Hans Arp], French-Swiss sculptor, artist and poet, born in Strassburg, Germany (d. 1966)

Person of interestLe Corbusier

1887-10-06 Le Corbusier [Charles Jeanneret], Swiss French architect, city planner and artist (Urbanisme), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds (d. 1965))

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 1888-06-26 Paul Niggli, Swiss mineralogist (crystal structures), born in Zonfingen, Switzerland (d. 1953)
  • 1889-01-19 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Davos Switzerland, painter, sculptor and dancer
  • 1889-04-21 Paul Karrer, Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1937), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1971)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 315

  • 1890-11-03 Ulrich Ochsenbein, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1811)
  • 1891-05-10 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss botanist (famous for his work on plant cells), dies at 74
  • 1892-01-18 Anton Anderledy, Swiss Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1819)
  • 1893-04-04 Alphonse Pyramus de Candolle, French-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 children's book author (Heidi), dies at 74
  • 1904-10-21 Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (b. 1877)
  • 1905-11-02 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist and histologist (one of the first to interpret tissue structure in terms of cellular elements), dies at 88
  • 1906-08-30 Hans Auer, Swiss-Austrian architect, dies at 59
  • 1906-12-07 Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1833)
  • 1910-01-29 Édouard Rod, French-Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e), dies at 52
  • 1910-10-30 Henri Dunant, Swiss humanitarian, Founder of Red Cross (Nobel 1901), dies at 82
  • 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, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 63
  • 1914-03-16 Charles Albert Gobat, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize, dies at 70
  • 1917-07-12 François Fournier, Swiss-French postage stamp forger, dies at 71
  • 1917-07-27 Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909), dies at 75
  • 1919-11-09 Eduard Müller, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1848)
  • 1919-11-15 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), dies at 52
  • 1921-12-25 Hans Huber, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • 1922-04-02 Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (inkblot test - Rorschach test), dies at 37
  • 1922-11-17 Robert Comtesse, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1899-1912), dies at 75
  • 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
  • 1926-06-22 Hermann Suter, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • 1927-06-02 Friedrich Hegar, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • 1928-02-29 Adolphe Appia, Swiss set designer/theorist, dies at 65
  • 1928-04-29 Henrich Federer, Swiss writer (I Switch Off The Light), dies at 61
  • 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, dies at 52
  • 1931-02-03 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist, dies at 72
  • 1931-03-31 Hermann Kutter, Swiss Protestant theologian (founder of Christian Socialism in Switzerland), dies at 67
  • 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)
  • 1936-05-06 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1936-12-25 Pierre Maurice, Swiss composer, dies at 68
  • 1937-05-09 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer (Swiss Air), dies in crash at 43
  • 1937-12-28 Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62
  • 1938-02-06 Marianne Von Werefkin, Russian-German-Swiss Expressionist 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, dies at 71
  • 1940-06-29 Paul Klee, Swiss/German painter/tutor (Modern Art), dies at 60
  • 1940-07-15 Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (introduced the term schizophrenia to describe the disorder previously known as dementia praecox), dies at 82
  • 1940-08-21 Paul Juon, Russian-Swiss violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1940-08-21 Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist, member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 58
  • 1940-10-08 Robert Emden, Swiss geo/astro physics (Gaskugeln), dies at 78

Person of interestJames Joyce

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 French bacteriologist (discovered bubonic plague bacillus), 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
  • 1944-09-26 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist ad critic, dies at 64
  • 1945-01-08 Karl Krafft, Swiss astrologer who was manipulated by the Nazi regime (b. 1900)
  • 1945-02-11 Al Dubin, Swiss-American 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, dies at 78
  • 1950-07-01 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (b. 1865)
  • 1950-08-05 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist and biochemist, dies at 73
  • 1951-06-17 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, dies at 77
  • 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 at 56
  • 1953-01-13 Paul Niggli, Swiss mineralogist (crystal structures), dies at 64
  • 1953-09-17 Emil Ermatinger, Swiss literature historian, dies at 80
  • 1953-10-23 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83
  • 1954-05-16 Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer (Magnum), dies accidentally in a road accident at 38
  • 1955-04-25 Paul Basilius Barth, Swiss painter and lithographer, dies at 73
  • 1955-11-27 Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer (King David, Pacific 231), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1955-12-08 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), dies at 69
  • 1956-01-10 Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum), dies at 64
  • 1956-12-25 Robert Walser, Swiss writer, dies at 78
  • 1957-03-15 Ernst Nobs, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1886)
  • 1957-06-09 Robert Oboussier, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • 1958-01-30 Jean Crotti, Swiss-French artist, dies at 79
  • 1958-12-15 Wolfgang Pauli, Swiss-American theoretical physicist (Pauli inhibition, Nobel 1945), dies at 58
  • 1959-07-14 Grock [Adrien Wettach], Swiss clown and circus director, dies at 79
  • 1959-07-15 Ernest Bloch, Swiss-born American composer (MacBeth, Schelomo, Israel), dies on cancer at 78
  • 1959-11-29 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • 1960-12-07 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)
  • 1961-02-21 Blaise Cendrars [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Swiss poet, dies at 73

Person of interestCarl Jung

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 and illustrator, 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 and composer (Bruckner), dies at 82

Person of interestHermann Hesse

1962-08-09 Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss novelist and poet (Steppenwolf, 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, dies at 85
  • 1963-10-15 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss-French writer (Ecoute Israel), dies at 88
  • 1964-11-06 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (b. 1925)
  • 1965-05-22 Heinrich Barth, Swiss philosopher (Das Sein in der Zeit), dies