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In 1565, Conrad Gesner, of Switzerland, invented the pencil.

Christmas in Switzerland: The name Santa Claus comes from Sankt Nikolaus or Saint Nicolas (an early Christian bishop from Myra in present-day Turkey, the protector of children). This friendly figure does not play a role at Christmas, but appears on December 6, the Patron Saint's Day. In the Swiss German part, he is known as "Samichlaus" and he visits homes and schools, distributing sweets, fruits and nuts to well-behaved children and giving good advice to the less well-behaved. In Switzerland, he is not accompanied by a reindeer, but very often by a donkey and a dark-clad assistant. The children assume that they come from the snowy mountains. worldholidaytraditions.com



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  • 1565 - The pencil is invented (Conrad Gesner, Switzerland)
    "In 1565 the German-Swiss naturalist Conrad Gesner first described a writing instrument in which graphite, then thought to be a type of lead, was...Read MORE...


  • News 1718 - January 17 - Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53

    onthisday.com
    January 17, 1718

  • 1784 - The oil lamp is invented (Aimé Argand, Switzerland)
    "Argand burner, first scientifically constructed oil lamp, patented in 1784 in England by a Swiss, Aimé Argand. The first basic change in lamps in...Read MORE...


  • In 1815, the world's first commercial cheese factory opened in Switzerland.


  • News 1870 - The number of emigrants that left Switzerland for over sea in 1868 numbered 9,752, of whom 4,755 came to America.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 29, 1870

  • News 1870 - The practice of torturing prisoners in order to make them confess, which has been abolished by most civilized nations, still exists in Switzerland.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 29, 1870

  • News 1878 - The ancient tower of Aspermont, in Switzerland, which crowned a mass of high rocks, and which had withstood the tempest of ages, fell lately with a tremendous crash.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    July 13, 1878

  • News 1884 - In Switzerland, you can send almost anything through the mails. Trunk, gripsack, hat-box, bag of potatoes - it is all one to the postal authorities, as long as you pay the postage.
    And it is a very rare thing for anything to be tampered with or miscarry.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 29, 1884

  • News 1887 - Switzerland has recently adopted by popular vote a new law placing the the entire control of the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors in the hands of the government...

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    September 24, 1887

  • News 1888 - An avalanche descended into the valley of Morrobia, Switzerland, on the 28th ult., killing ten persons and a large number of horses and cattle.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 3, 1888

  • News 1888 - At Montreux, on the lake of Geneva, in Switzerland, a reservoir used to work and electric railway burst on the 6th, destroying numerous houses and drowning many persons.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 10, 1888

  • News 1888 - President of Switzerland Dead.
    BERNE, Nov. 28. - M. Hertenstein, President of Switzerland, who underwent the amputation of his right leg last week because of disease of the...Read MORE...


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    Switzerland, a federal republic of Central Europe, situated between lat. 45° 50' and 47° 50' N. and lon.6° and 10°25' E., bounded on the N. by Baden, ...Read MORE...


  • 1900 - Population of Switzerland - 3,315,400


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    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
  • News 1904 - May 21 – The International Federation of Association Football, FIFA, is established.

    www.wikipedia.org
    May 21, 1904

  • 1938-1944 - Sunscreen is invented (Franz Greiter, Switzerland and Benjamin Green, United States)
    The earliest form of sunscreen was created by Franz Greiter in 1938 and then Benjamin Green in 1944 who used a mixture of cocoa butter and red...Read MORE...


  • 1948 - Velcro is invented (George de Mestral, Switzerland)
    George de Mestral (June 19, 1907 – February 8, 1990) was a Swiss electrical engineer who invented the hook and loop fastener which he named...Read MORE...


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  • 1989 - The World Wide Web is invented at CERN (Tim Berners-Lee, UK)
    Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist, invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989, while working at CERN. The web was originally conceived and...Read MORE...




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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois

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  • 1565 - The pencil is invented (Conrad Gesner, Switzerland)
    "In 1565 the German-Swiss naturalist Conrad Gesner first described a writing instrument in which graphite, then thought to be a type of lead, was... Read MORE...

  • News  1718 - January 17 - Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53

    onthisday.com
    January 17, 1718
  • 1784 - The oil lamp is invented (Aimé Argand, Switzerland)
    "Argand burner, first scientifically constructed oil lamp, patented in 1784 in England by a Swiss, Aimé Argand. The first basic change in lamps in... Read MORE...

  • In 1815, the world's first commercial cheese factory opened in Switzerland.
  • News  1870 - The number of emigrants that left Switzerland for over sea in 1868 numbered 9,752, of whom 4,755 came to America.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 29, 1870
  • News  1870 - The practice of torturing prisoners in order to make them confess, which has been abolished by most civilized nations, still exists in Switzerland.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 29, 1870
  • News  1878 - The ancient tower of Aspermont, in Switzerland, which crowned a mass of high rocks, and which had withstood the tempest of ages, fell lately with a tremendous crash.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    July 13, 1878
  • News  1884 - In Switzerland, you can send almost anything through the mails. Trunk, gripsack, hat-box, bag of potatoes - it is all one to the postal authorities, as long as you pay the postage.
    And it is a very rare thing for anything to be tampered with or miscarry. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 29, 1884
  • News  1887 - Switzerland has recently adopted by popular vote a new law placing the the entire control of the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors in the hands of the government...
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    September 24, 1887
  • News  1888 - An avalanche descended into the valley of Morrobia, Switzerland, on the 28th ult., killing ten persons and a large number of horses and cattle.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 3, 1888
  • News  1888 - At Montreux, on the lake of Geneva, in Switzerland, a reservoir used to work and electric railway burst on the 6th, destroying numerous houses and drowning many persons.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 10, 1888
  • News  1888 - President of Switzerland Dead.
    BERNE, Nov. 28. - M. Hertenstein, President of Switzerland, who underwent the amputation of his right leg last week because of disease of the... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Switzerland
    Switzerland, a federal republic of Central Europe, situated between lat. 45° 50' and 47° 50' N. and lon.6° and 10°25' E., bounded on the N. by Baden, ... Read MORE...

  • 1900 - Population of Switzerland - 3,315,400
  • News  1904 - May 21 – The International Federation of Association Football, FIFA, is established.

    www.wikipedia.org
    May 21, 1904
  • 1938-1944 - Sunscreen is invented (Franz Greiter, Switzerland and Benjamin Green, United States)
    The earliest form of sunscreen was created by Franz Greiter in 1938 and then Benjamin Green in 1944 who used a mixture of cocoa butter and red... Read MORE...

  • 1948 - Velcro is invented (George de Mestral, Switzerland)
    George de Mestral (June 19, 1907 – February 8, 1990) was a Swiss electrical engineer who invented the hook and loop fastener which he named... Read MORE...

  • 1989 - The World Wide Web is invented at CERN (Tim Berners-Lee, UK)
    Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist, invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989, while working at CERN. The web was originally conceived and... Read MORE...

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