Timeline of Swiss history
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This is a timeline of Swiss history, comprising important legal and territorial changes and political events in Switzerland and its predecessor states. To read about the background to these events, see History of Switzerland.
|1291||August||The three Waldstätte of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden signed the Federal Charter of 1291 establishing the Old Swiss Confederacy, a confederation for mutual defense and the adjudication of disputes.|
|1307||8 November||The leaders of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden swore the Rütlischwur, an oath of unity and common defense, on the Rütli above Lake Lucerne.|
|1843||June||The first Schweizerisches Gesangsfest, a singing festival, was held in Zürich.|
|1847||3 November||Sonderbund War: In the midst of a political crisis, troops from Uri, a member of the Sonderbund, a separate alliance of Catholic cantons of Switzerland, seized the Gotthard Pass between the northern and southern halves of the country.|
|1848||12 September||A new constitution was issued establishing Switzerland as a federal state with a bicameral Federal Assembly.|
|1874||19 April||The constitution was revised to establish free public education and the optional referendum, and to make it easier for Swiss citizens to move between cantons.|
|1877||19 June||The Aare flooded, causing significant damage.|
|1920||10 January||The League of Nations, an intergovernmental organization established for the purposes of collective security and international arbitration, came into existence, with Switzerland among its founding members.|
|1958||12 July||The Swiss government announced its intention to develop and build a nuclear arsenal.|
|1963||6 May||Switzerland joined the Council of Europe, a body dedicated to the promotion of good governance and human rights in Europe.|
|1971||7 February||A referendum granting women the right to vote in federal elections was approved with sixty-six percent of the vote.|
|1978||24 September||A referendum approved the secession of the French-speaking canton of Jura from the mostly German-speaking canton of Bern.|
|2002||10 September||Switzerland joined the United Nations, an intergovernmental organization devoted to the preservation of world peace and economic development.|
- Benjamin Vincent (1910), "Switzerland", Haydn's Dictionary of Dates (25th ed.), London: Ward, Lock & Co. – via HathiTrust
- George Henry Townsend (1877), "Switzerland", Manual of Dates (5th ed.), London: Frederick Warne & Co.
- Leo Schelbert (2014). "Chronology". Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (2nd ed.). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 978-1-4422-3352-2.
- "Switzerland Profile: Timeline", BBC News, retrieved September 2015 Check date values in: