Switzerland in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 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 Premiere

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 & TV History

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

  • 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)

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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

Music History

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

  • 1991-03-03 Switzerland votes on lowering voting age from 20 to 18

World 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

  • 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

US 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

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Australian 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

  • 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

French 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

  • 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

Historic Event

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"

  • 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 489

  • 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
  • 1860-09-10 Marianne Von Werefkin, Russian-German-Swiss Expressionist painter, born in Tula, Russia (d. 1938)
  • 1862-03-04 Robert Emden, Swiss astronomer and physicist (book on Gas Spheres), born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1940)
  • 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 (d. 1952)
  • 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. 1951)
  • 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)

Carl JungCarl Jung (1875-1961)

1875-07-26 Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology), born in Kesswil, Switzerland

  • 1875-11-14 Jakob Schaffner, Swiss writer (Conrad Pilater), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1944)
  • 1877-01-17 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Zurich (d. 1936)
  • 1877-02-17 Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer of North Africa, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1904)
  • 1877-02-24 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-American pianist, conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1921-27), composer, and educator (Chicago Musical College, 1928-54), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1972)
  • 1877-03-09 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist and biochemist, born in Oberuzwil, Switzerland (d. 1950)

Hermann HesseHermann Hesse (1877-1962)

1877-07-02 German-Swiss novelist and poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel Prize for Literature 1946), born in Calw, Württemberg, Germany

  • 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 auto racer (co-founder Chevrolet Motor Car Company), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (d. 1941)
  • 1879-01-01 Emile Argand, Swiss geologist (Dekbladen Theory)
  • 1879-03-26 Othmar Ammann, Swiss-American bridge engineer (George Washington Bridge; Walt Whitman Bridge; Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge), 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-American composer (Schelomo; Israel; Avodath Hakodesh), and educator (UC Berkeley, 1941-52), 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 insurance salesman, mapping system inventor, and late in life, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), born in Berne, Switzerland (d. 1969)
  • 1883-11-11 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, 1918-67). and composer (Feuilles 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)

Emil JanningsEmil Jannings (1884-1950)

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

  • 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 concert pianist and conductor, born in Basel, Switzerland (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 (Hans) "Jean" Arp, German-French sculptor, artist and poet, born in Strassburg, Alsace-Lorraine, German Empire (now Strasbourg, France) (d. 1966)

Le CorbusierLe Corbusier (1887-1965)

1887-10-06 Swiss French architect, city planner and artist (Urbanisme), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds

  • 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 314

  • 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 of North Africa, dies in a flash flood at 27
  • 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

Walter MittelholzerWalter Mittelholzer (1894-1937)

1937-05-09 Swiss aviation pioneer (Swiss Air) and aerial photographer, dies in a climbing accident on an expedition in Styria at 43 [1]

Maurice RavelMaurice Ravel (1875-1937)

1937-12-28 French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), dies 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 and educator at the Bauhaus, 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 Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist, member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 58
  • 1940-08-21 Paul Juon, Russian-Swiss violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1940-10-08 Robert Emden, Swiss astronomer and astrophysicist (Gaskugeln), dies at 78

James JoyceJames Joyce (1882-1941)

1941-01-13 Irish novelist and poet (Dubliners, Ulysses, Finnigan's Wake), dies in Zurich Switzerland, at 58

  • 1941-11-07 Albin Zollinger, Swiss poet/author (Das Gewitter), dies at 46
  • 1943-01-13 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist dies of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning at 53
  • 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 song lyricist ("Tiptoe Through The Tulips"; "I Only Have Eyes For You"), dies at 53 [1]
  • 1946-04-16 Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss auto racer and car designer (co-founder Chevrolet Motor Car Company), dies from suicide at 61
  • 1947-02-26 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council, dies at 78
  • 1950-07-01 Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician and educator (Dalcroze erythmics), dies at 84
  • 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

Arthur HoneggerArthur Honegger (1892-1955)

1955-11-27 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 politician (Mayor of Zurich, 1942-44; Federal Council, 1943-51), dies at 70
  • 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-American composer (Schelomo; Israel; Avodath Hakodesh), and educator (UC Berkeley, 1941-52), dies of 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

Carl JungCarl Jung (1875-1961)

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

  • 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

Hermann HesseHermann Hesse (1877-1962)

1962-08-09 German-Swiss novelist and poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel Prize for Literature 1946), dies at 85

  • 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 (1951 Tour de France, dies at 39
  • 1965-05-22 Heinrich Barth, Swiss philosopher (Das Sein in der Zeit), dies