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Switzerland - Notable Historical Events

NapoleonMay 18, 1803

LeninApr 3, 1917

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Switzerland - Historical Events
Date Event
1294-06-30

Jews are expelled from Berne, Switzerland

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, destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland.

1427-05-10

Jews are expelled from Berne Switzerland

1474-03-30

Duke Sigismund van Tirol ends contacts with Switzerland

1476-06-22

Battle at Morat/Murten: Charles the Stout invades Switzerland

1499-09-22

Switzerland became an independent state.

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

1798-03-29

Republic of Switzerland forms

1803-05-18

Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland

1809-05-05

Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau Switzerland

1815-02-03

World's 1st commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland

1823-07-14

Switzerland signs boundaries for fugitives

1848-02-29

Neufchatel declares independence of Switzerland

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

1882-05-20

St Gotthard rail tunnel between Switzerland & Italy opens

1893-08-20

Shechita (ritual slaughtering) prohibited in Switzerland

1903-09-09

6 km long Engadin-railroad tunnel of Switzerland inaugurated

1905-02-24

Simplon tunnel in Switzerland completed

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

1911-03-30

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

1917-04-03

Lenin arrives in Petrograd from Switzerland [NS=April 16]

1919-02-03

Socialist conference convenes (Berne Switzerland)

1920-02-13

League of Nations recognizes perpetual neutrality of Switzerland

1920-02-13

Switzerland rejoins the League of Nations

1922-01-21

1st slalom ski race run, Murren, Switzerland

1923-10-16

John Harwood patents self-winding watch (Switzerland)

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

1932-11-09

Riots between conservative and socialist supporters in Switzerland kill 12 and injure 60.

1935-07-20

Switzerland: A Royal Dutch Airlines plane en route from Milan to Frankfurt crashes into a Swiss mountain, killing thirteen.

1938-11-16

LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.

1939-09-01

Switzerland proclaims neutrality

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

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 & Switzerland recognize Israel

1954-06-15

UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football) is formed in Basle, 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.

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

1970-02-24

29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland)

1971-02-07

Switzerland votes in women's suffrage

1971-10-11

Switzerland recognizes North Vietnam

1979-01-01

Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established

1979-09-24

Russian ice skaters Protopopov & Beloussova ask for asylum in Switzerland

1982-09-06

Polish dissidents seize Polish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland

1982-10-03

Cox 4 rowing record set at 12:52 for 99 miles (Geneva, Switzerland)

1991-03-03

Switzerland votes on lowering voting age from 20 to 18

1992-12-06

81st Davis Cup: USA beats Switzerland in Fort Worth (3-1)

1994-06-18

US ties Switzerland 1-1 in their 1st game of 1994 soccer World Cup

1994-09-26

Switzerland bans racist propaganda

1998-02-25

Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich

1998-10-29

While en route from Adana to Ankara, a Turkish Airlines flight with a crew of 6 and 33 passengers is hijacked by a Kurdish militant who orders the pilot to fly to Switzerland. The plane instead lands in Ankara after the pilot tricked the hijacker into thinking that he was landing in the Bulgarian capital of 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.

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.

2009-06-02

Switzerland officially enters the global recession

2009-10-10

After having closed borders for about two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders.

2012-03-13

28 people, including 22 children, are killed in a motorway bus crash near Sierre, Switzerland

2013-05-19

Sweden defeat Switzerland to win the 2013 World Ice Hockey Championship

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Switzerland - Notable Birthdays

ParacelsusNov 11, 1493

Carl Gustav JungJul 26, 1875

Hermann HesseJul 2, 1877

Le CorbusierOct 6, 1887

Roger FedererAug 8, 1981

Switzerland - Birthdays
Date Event
1493-11-11

Paracelsus, Switzerland, physician/alchemist (Zinc, laudanum), (d. 1541)

1746-01-12

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Switzerland, educator [OS]

1807-05-28

Louis Agassiz, Switzerland, naturalist/geologist/teacher

1807-09-28

Arnold Henry Guyot, Switzerland, US geologist/geographer/meteorologist

1810-05-28

Alexandre Calamo, Switzerland, painter/etcher/lithographer

1827-06-12

Johanna Spyri, Hirzel Switzerland, Swiss children's author (Heidi) (d. 1901)

1843-05-21

Charles-Albert Gobat, Tramelan, Switzerland, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1914)

1846-04-04

Raoul Pictet, Geneva, Switzerland, Swiss physicist who invented liquid nitrogen and was a pioneer of cryogenics

1875-07-26

Carl Gustav Jung, Switzerland, doctor (founded analytic psychology), (d. 1961)

1877-07-02

Hermann Hesse, Switzerland, novelist/poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946), (d.1962)

1879-12-18

Paul Klee, Münchenbuchsee Switzerland, Swiss/German abstract painter (Twittering Machine)

1880-07-24

Ernest Bloch, Geneva Switzerland, composer (MacBeth)

1882-07-16

Felix Locher, Switzerland, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter)

1883-11-11

Ernest Ansermet, Vevey Switzerland, conductor (Ruilles de Printemps)

1884-01-28

Auguste Piccard, Switzerland, scientist/explorer (balloonist), twin brother of Jean Felix Piccard

1884-01-28

Jean Felix Piccard, Switzerland, scientist/explorer (balloonist) twin brother of Auguste Piccard

1886-05-10

Karl Barth, Basel Switzerland, theologian/author (Action in Waiting)

1887-10-06

Le Corbusier [Charles Jeanneret], La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, architect/city planner/artist (Urbanisme), (d. 1965)

1888-01-10

Grock, Switzerland, clown

1889-01-19

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Davos Switzerland, painter, sculptor and dancer

1889-06-19

Enrico Celio, president (Switzerland)

1890-09-15

Frank Martin, Geneva Switzerland, composer (In Terra Fax)

1895-04-09

Michel Simon, [Francois], Geneva Switzerland

1905-02-01

Ernst Carl Gerlach Stueckelberg, Basel Switzerland, eminent mathematician and physicist

1906-01-11

Albert Hofmann, Switzerland, chemist (discovered LSD)

1907-03-23

Daniel Bovet, Switzerland, pharmacologist (Nobel 1957)

1910-08-25

Pierre Musy, Switzerland, 4-man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1936)

1911-10-01

Richard Torriani, Switzerland, took Olympic oath (1948)

1915-01-10

Dean Dixon, Zug Switzerland, conductor

1918-01-24

Gottfried von Einem, Bern Switzerland, Austrian composer (Dantons Tod)

1922-07-28

Jacques Piccard, Switzerland, undersea explorer (bathyscaph Trieste)

1927-04-20

Karl Muller, Switzerland, superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)

1930-09-08

Mario Adorf, Zurich Switzerland, actor (Bachelor, Abyssinia)

1931-02-01

Madeline Berthod, Switzerland, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1956)

1933-06-18

Jean Wicki, Switzerland, 4-man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1972)

1933-09-28

Madeleine M Kunin, Switzerland (Gov-D-Vt), 1st Jewish gov of Vermont

1934-02-15

Niklaus Wirth, Switzerland, computer programmer/inventor (PASCAL)

1934-10-28

André de la Varre Jr., Switzerland and the Alps

1936-03-19

Ursula Andress, Berne Switzerland, actress (She, Sensuous Nurse)

1939-01-25

Anne Turner, A Short Stay in Switzerland

1939-02-27

Franco Sbarro, Switzerland

1940-04-15

Edy Hubacher, Switzerland, 4-man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1972)

1941-03-22

Bruno Ganz, Zurich Switzerland, actor (Strapless, Wings of Desire)

1943-10-02

Henri SZEPS, Lausanne Switzerland, actor (Mother & Son)

1944-09-02

Claude Nicollier, Vevey Switzerland, astronaut (STS 61-K, 46, 61, 75)

1946-04-23

Will Knightley, A Short Stay in Switzerland

1948-06-24

Patrick Moraz, Morges, Switzerland, progressive rock keyboard player (Yes, The Moody Blues)

1948-07-17

Luc Bondy, Zurich Switzerland

1949-04-17

Heini Hemmi, Switzerland, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1976)

1957-09-10

Kate Burton, Geneva Switzerland, actress (Ice Storm, August)

1959-02-08

Heinz Gunthardt, Switzerland, tennis star

1961-12-09

Christiane Jolissaint, Switzerland, tennis star

1962-08-26

Tariq Ramadan, Geneva, Switzerland, Islamic scholar

1965-06-10

Claudio Mezzadri, Switzerland, tennis star

1968-04-19

Thomas Nock, Zurich Switzerland, actor (Tartort, Gemini-Twin Stars)

1970-04-24

Emanuela Zardo, Switzerland, tennis star

1972-09-28

Cathy Caverzasio, Switzerland, tennis star

1977-11-10

Stephanie Berger, Miss Universe-Switzerland (1996)

1979-01-22

Melanie Winiger, Miss Switzerland Universe (1997)

1981-08-08

Roger Federer, Basel Switzerland, tennis player (17 grand slams)

Switzerland - Notable Weddings

Richard WagnerAug 25, 1870

Aga Khan IIIOct 9, 1944

Roger FedererApr 11, 2009

Boris BeckerJun 12, 2009

Tina TurnerJul 4, 2013

Switzerland - Weddings
Date Event
1870-08-25

German composer Richard Wagner (57) weds Franz Liszt's daughter Cosima Liszt (32) at a Protestant church in Lucerne, Switzerland

1944-10-09

Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (67) weds 1930 Miss France Yvonne Blanche Labrousse (38) in Geneva, Switzerland

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.

1992-04-24

Rock star David Bowie (45) weds supermodel Iman (37) in Switzerland

2006-05-20

Race car driver Jacques Villeneuve (35) weds Johanna Martinez at a civil ceremony in Switzerland

2009-04-11

Tennis player champion Roger Federer (27) weds former WTA tennis player Miroslava Vavrinec (31) in Basel, Switzerland

2009-06-12

Tennis ace Boris Becker (41) weds model Sharlely Kerssenberg in St Moritz, Switzerland

2013-07-04

Singer Tina Turner (73) weds music executive Erwin Bach (57) in Kusnacht, Switzerland

Switzerland - Notable Deaths

James JoyceJan 13, 1941

Charlie ChaplinDec 25, 1977

Switzerland - Deaths
Date Event
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

1941-01-13

James Joyce, novelist (Ulysses), dies in Zurich Switzerland, at 58

1977-12-25

Charlie Chaplin, actor/comedian (Modern Times, The Kid), dies in Switzerland at 88

1983-07-29

David Niven, actor (Rugues), dies in Switzerland at 73

1990-04-23

Paulette Goddard, actress (Hazard), dies in Switzerland at 78

2001-04-04

André de la Varre Jr., Switzerland and the Alps

2006-01-24

Anne Turner, A Short Stay in Switzerland


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