Switzerland in History (Part 3)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 498

  • 1889-06-19 Enrico Celio, president (Switzerland)
  • 1890-09-15 Frank Martin, composer (In Terra Fax), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 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)
  • 1892-03-10 Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer (King David, Pacific 231), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1955)
  • 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), born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1937)
  • 1894-07-24 Walter Schulthess, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1971)
  • 1894-08-13 Ferdinand Sassen, Dutch philosopher and director, born in Lugano, Switzerland (d. 1971)
  • 1895-01-24 Albin Zollinger, Swiss poet/author (Der Halbe Mensch)
  • 1895-04-09 Michel Simon, Swiss actor (Panic, Plague, Two of Us), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1975)
  • 1895-06-28 Kazimierz Sikorski, Polish composer, born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1986)
  • 1895-08-16 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), born in Corfu, Greece (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)
  • 1896-06-08 Samuel Gonard, Swiss lawyer and chairman (International Red Cross), born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1975)
  • 1896-06-19 Walter Lang, Swiss composer (d. 1966)
  • 1896-08-09 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1980)
  • 1896-09-12 Giuseppe Zoppi, Swiss writer (Il Libro Dell'Alpe), born in Broglio, Switzerland (d. 1952)
  • 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, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1974)
  • 1898-02-14 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (supernova, dark matter), born in Varna, Bulgaria (d. 1974)
  • 1899-01-12 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948)
  • 1899-02-26 Max Petitpierre, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1994)
  • 1899-03-13 Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgarian composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1978)
  • 1899-07-10 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, born in Gränichen, Switzerland (d. 1978)
  • 1899-08-31 Walter Muller von Kulm, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1967)
  • 1899-12-28 Eugeniusz Bodo [Bohdan Eugène Junod], Polish film director, producer and comedic actor, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1943)
  • 1900-04-25 Wolfgang Pauli, Swiss-American theoretical physicist (Pauli inhibition, Nobel 1945), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1958)
  • 1900-07-09 Robert Oboussier, Swiss composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1957)
  • 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
  • 1900-11-27 Robert Blum, Swiss composer, born in Zurich (d. 1994)
  • 1900-12-03 Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide (d. 2004)
  • 1901-06-16 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, born in Lohn, Schaffhausen (d. 1989)
  • 1901-06-25 Adolf Brunner, Swiss composer (Markus-Passion), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1992)
  • 1901-08-03 Bernard Reichel, Swiss composer, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1992)
  • 1901-10-10 Alberto Giacometti, Swiss-French painter and sculptor, born in Borgonovo, Stampa, Graubünden, Switzerland (d. 1966)
  • 1901-11-17 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, born in Turgi (d. 1972)
  • 1902-02-25 Oscar Cullmann, Swiss theologist (Das Petrusproblem)
  • 1902-04-30 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist and composer, born in Carouge, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1902-04-30 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Constantinople, Turkey (d. 1972)
  • 1902-06-26 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss tenor and musical educator, born in Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Switzerland (d. 2010)
  • 1903-02-03 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor
  • 1904-05-14 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (d. 1961)
  • 1904-06-14 Benno Ammann, Swiss composer, born in Gersau, Sweden (d. 1986)
  • 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, Swiss chemist (discovered LSD)
  • 1906-01-18 Hans Aeschbacher, Swiss sculptor (Venus de Six-Tours)
  • 1906-02-11 Anita Garvin, American actress (Swiss Miss, Blotto, Charlatan, Hats Off), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1906-04-28 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (d. 1999)
  • 1906-07-23 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1975), born in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary (d. 1998)
  • 1906-09-05 Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, born in Lenzburg (d. 1990)
  • 1906-10-12 Willy Hess, Swiss musicologist, composer and famous Beethoven scholar, born in Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 1997)
  • 1907-03-23 Daniel Bovet, Swiss pharmacologist (Nobel 1957)
  • 1907-06-19 George de Mestral, Swiss engineer (invented Velcro), born in Colombier, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • 1907-06-28 Paul-Emile Victor, French pole explorer (La civilisation du phoque), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1908-06-29 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, born in Travers (d. 2006)
  • 1908-09-30 Edzard H Schaper, German/Swiss sailor/UP-correspondent/antifascist
  • 1908-10-25 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (L'histoire de Jonas), born in Belgium (d. 2004)
  • 1908-12-06 Pierre Graber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 2003)
  • 1908-12-22 Max Bill, Swiss painter/sculptor/politician (Ruban Sans Fin)
  • 1909-02-21 Hans Erni, Swiss painter and sculptor, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • 1909-08-21 C. Dillon Douglas, US Secretary of Treasury (1961-65), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 2003)
  • 1910-08-12 Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Romeo & Juliet)
  • 1910-08-25 Pierre Musy, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1936), born in Albeuve, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • 1910-09-23 Soulima Stravinsky, Swiss-American pianist and composer (Igor Stravinsky's son), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1994)
  • 1911-04-30 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, born in Murii (d. 1984)
  • 1911-05-15 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann)
  • 1911-10-01 Richard Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player and luger who took the Olympic oath in 1948 (d. 1988)
  • 1912-02-21 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • 1912-03-13 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, born in Schaffhausen (d. 1968)
  • 1912-09-29 Lukas Ammann, Swiss actor (Graf Yoster, Day of Anger, Class Reunion, Palace Hotel), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 2017)
  • 1913-05-17 Hans Ruesch, Swiss racing driver (d. 2007)
  • 1913-09-28 Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss artist and illustrator
  • 1913-10-22 Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 2002)
  • 1914-02-12 Nello Celio, Swiss politician, born in Quinto, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1914-07-15 Howard Vernon, Swiss actor (Love and Death, Delicatessen), born in Baden, Switzerland (d. 1996)
  • 1914-09-07 Hugo Pfister, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1969)
  • 1915-01-10 Dean Dixon, Zug Switzerland, conductor
  • 1915-01-30 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer/theory (Capitaine Bruno)
  • 1915-04-21 Frick, [W Groebli], Swiss clown, Frick & Frack)
  • 1915-10-30 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer (Capitaine Bruno)
  • 1916-12-09 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect/writer (Mozart biog)
  • 1917-07-23 Kurt Kreuger, Swiss-German actor (Fear, Unfaithfully Yours), born in Michenberg, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1918-01-24 Gottfried von Einem, Bern Switzerland, Austrian composer (Dantons Tod)
  • 1919-02-02 Lisa Debeljevic-della Casa, Swiss vocalist
  • 1919-07-24 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), born in Marthalen (d. 2017)
  • 1919-08-24 "Drs P" [Heinz H Polzer], Swiss-Dutch songwriter and singer, born in Thun, Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • 1919-09-09 Gottfried Dienst, Swiss football referee (d. 1998)
  • 1920-02-20 Armin Schibler, Dutch Swiss composer (Devil in the Winter Palace)
  • 1920-05-02 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, born in Chavornay, Switzerland (d. 2004)

Person of interestYul Brynner

1920-07-11 Yul Brynner, Russian-Swiss actor (The King and I, The Ten Commandments), born in Primorsky Krai, Russia (d. 1985)

  • 1921-01-05 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Konolfingen, Bern, Swiss playwright and novelist (The Physicists, The Visit)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 318


Person of interestLe Corbusier

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

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 1965-09-22 Othmar Ammann, Swiss-American bridge engineer, dies at 86
  • 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 Alberto Giacometti, Swiss-French painter and sculptor, dies at 64
  • 1966-03-17 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • 1966-06-07 Jean Arp [Hans Arp], French-Swiss sculptor, artist and poet, 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
  • 1967-10-03 Walter Muller von Kulm, Swiss composer, dies at 68
  • 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
  • 1969-03-13 Felix Locher, Swiss actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 86
  • 1969-10-31 Hugo Pfister, Swiss composer, dies at 55
  • 1970-04-26 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • 1971-06-18 Paul Karrer, Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1889)
  • 1971-06-23 Walter Schulthess, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • 1972-01-18 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1972-07-16 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, dies at 70
  • 1972-08-02 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-born American composer, dies at 95
  • 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 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, dies at 77
  • 1975-01-03 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor, dies at 71
  • 1975-01-22 Andrew George Burry, Swiss-born manufacturer and businessman (b. 1873)
  • 1975-05-03 Samuel Gonard, Swiss lawyer and chairman (International Red Cross), dies at 78
  • 1975-05-30 Michel Simon, Swiss actor (Panic, Plague, Two of Us), dies at 80
  • 1976-09-26 Leopold Ružička, Croatian-Swiss chemist (Nobel 1939), dies at 89
  • 1977-01-18 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
  • 1977-06-02 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, dies at 91
  • 1977-09-18 Paul Bernays, Swiss mathematician (b. 1888)

Person of interestCharlie Chaplin

1977-12-25 Charlie Chaplin, British actor and 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, dies at 79
  • 1980-02-07 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • 1980-09-08 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, dies at 84
  • 1981-04-19 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • 1981-10-07 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), dies at 86

Person of interestDavid Niven

1983-07-29 David Niven, British actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Rugues), dies in Switzerland at 73

  • 1983-09-07 Hans Münch, Swiss conductor and composer, dies at 90
  • 1983-09-10 Felix Bloch, Swiss-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
  • 1984-06-20 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, dies at 73

Person of interestYul Brynner

1985-10-10 Yul Brynner, Russian-Swiss actor (The King and I, The Ten Commandments), dies of cancer at 65

  • 1986-03-14 Benno Ammann, Swiss composer, dies at 81
  • 1987-01-11 Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • 1988-08-30 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Swiss Botanist, dies at 87
  • 1988-09-03 Richard Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player and luger who took the Olympic oath in 1948, dies at 76
  • 1988-09-21 Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, dies at 61
  • 1989-02-28 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, dies at 46
  • 1989-10-31 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • 1990-02-08 George de Mestral, Swiss engineer (invented Velcro), dies at 83
  • 1990-12-07 Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, dies at 84
  • 1990-12-13 Friedrich Dörrenmatt, Swiss writer (Besuch der alten Dame), dies at 69
  • 1990-12-14 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss writer, dies of heart failure at 69
  • 1991-04-04 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
  • 1991-08-21 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect, dies
  • 1991-08-30 Jean Tinguely, Swiss sculptor artist (moving objects), dies
  • 1992-04-08 Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1992-12-10 Bernard Reichel, Swiss composer, dies at 91
  • 1992-12-26 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist, dies at 80
  • 1993-02-08 Franz Schnyder, Swiss director (10th of May), dies at 82
  • 1994-03-12 Sandra Paretti, German/Swiss author (Drums of Winter), dies at 59
  • 1994-09-24 Otto F. Walter, Swiss writer and publisher (Walter Verlag), dies of pulmonary cancer at 66
  • 1994-11-17 G Waller, German/Swiss movie journalist (NRC/Variety), dies at 82
  • 1994-12-09 Max Bill, Swiss painter/sculptor/politician, dies at 85
  • 1994-12-10 Robert Blum, Swiss composer, dies at 94
  • 1995-02-04 Patricia Highsmith, [Mary Patricia Plangman], US/Swiss, dies at 74
  • 1995-03-18 Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Raskolnikov), dies at 84
  • 1995-05-18 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist and composer, dies at 93
  • 1995-12-29 Nello Celio, President of Switzerland (1972), dies at 81
  • 1996-07-24 Howard Vernon, Swiss actor (Love and Death, Delicatessen), dies at 82
  • 1996-08-01 Tadeusz Reichstein, Polish/Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950), dies at 99
  • 1998-01-07 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1975), dies at 91
  • 1998-09-02 Jonathan Mann, American physician and AIDS activist, in the 1998 crash of Swissair Flight 111 at 51
  • 1999-05-26 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (b. 1906)
  • 2002-04-27 Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Swiss industrialist and art collector (b. 1921)
  • 2002-09-30 Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1913)
  • 2003-07-19 Pierre Graber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1908)
  • 2003-08-11 Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1923)
  • 2003-08-22 Arnold Gerschwiler, Swiss figure skating trainer (b. 1914)
  • 2004-04-17 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (L'histoire de Jonas), dies at 95
  • 2004-05-28 Umberto Agnelli, Swiss-born automobile executive (b. 1934)
  • 2004-06-11 Egon von Fürstenberg, Swiss fashion designer, dies at 57
  • 2004-06-14 Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide (b. 1900)
  • 2004-07-04 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, dies at 84
  • 2004-08-24 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)
  • 2005-04-26 Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss star of German cinema (The Last Bridge, Gervaise, Space 1999), dies at 79
  • 2005-08-16 Frère Roger, Swiss monk and mystic (b. 1915)
  • 2006-02-23 Benno Besson, Swiss actor and director (Der Arzt wider Willen), dies at 83
  • 2006-09-08 Jean Villain, Swiss writer, dies at 78
  • 2006-09-20 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (b. 1932)
  • 2006-10-21 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, dies at 98
  • 2006-12-15 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, dies at 67
  • 2007-01-28 Carlo Clerici, Swiss professional road racing cyclist, dies at 77
  • 2007-05-03 Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss illustrator (b. 1913)
  • 2008-04-29 Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist, known as the first to synthesize LSD (b. 1906)