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22/08/1864
The Geneva Convention calls for the non partisan care of sick and wounded in the time of war and provided for the neutrality of medical personnel. The Red Cross is proposed as emblem for medical personnel, in honour of humanitarian Jean-Henri Dunant.
25/06/1945
The United Nations is officially formed
25/12/1977
Silent film star Charlie Chaplin dies at the age of 88 at his home in Switzerland
05/09/1980
The St Gotthard Tunnel is opened in Switzerland, it is 10 miles long and took 11 years to create.
27/07/1984
British actor James Mason dies today of a heart attack at the age of 75 at his home in Lausanne.
19/11/1985
US President Ronald Reagan meets Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland.
21/11/1985
Despite having major differences on many subjects, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev held six hours of private discussions today. They agreed to meet again in 1986 in the United States
01/11/1986
A fire in a chemical factory near Basel, Switzerland, sends tons of pollutions into the River Rhine turning it red.
27/07/1990
Reports issued today show that AIDS is the predominant killer of women between the ages of 20 and 40
20/01/1993
Film actress Audrey Hepburn dies of cancer in Switzerland.
05/10/1994
Forty eight members of a religous cult are found dead in Switzerland following what appears to be a mass suicide.
27/09/2001
An armed man, Friedrich Leibacher, kills 15 in the local parliament building in Zug, Switzerland, before taking his own life.
24/10/2001
Two lorries crash head on in the Gotthard road tunnel in Switzerland, the resulting fire claimed 11 lives.
10/09/2002
Switzerland becomes the 190th member of the United Nations.

 

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