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A timeline of Swiss History
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Creation of Switzerland. Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden found the Eidgenossenschaft on the so-called 'Rütli'
Luzern joins the Swiss Federation
Zurich joins the Federation
Glarus and Zug join the Federation
Bern joins the Federation
Fribourg and Solothurn join the Federation
Switzerland wins war of independence against the Holy Roman Empire
Basel and Schaffhausen join the Federation
Appenzell joins the Federation
The Swiss were defeated by the French in Italy, and began their policy of permanent neutrality.
French forces occupied Switzerland and established the Helvetic Republic under their control.
Sankt Gallen, Graubünden, Thurgau, Ticino, Aargau and Vaud joined the Swiss Federation.
The Swiss Federation declares its neutrality
Valais, Neuchatel and Geneva are the last Kantons to join Switzerland
The Swiss Federation changed from a Union of States to a Confederation when it adopted its first Federal Constitution (Bundesverfassung).
The Red Cross is founded in Geneva
The Gotthardbahn opened: A huge step to connect Italy and Germany
The League of Nations met at its headquarters in Geneva for its first session.
Basel becomes the first city to let women vote in local elections
Vaud becomes the first Canton to give women the vote.
Switzerland joins the Council of Europe
Geneva becomes the first city to have a woman mayor.
Woman receive the right to vote in national elections.
Jura splits of Bern and founds its own Canton.
Elisabeth Kopp is the first woman ever to become a Bundesrat (executive authority)
Swiss citizens voted against joining the European Economic Area (EAA).
Ruth Dreifuss becomes the first president of the Bundesrat.
Swiss voters accept a new federal constitution.
Switzerland was declared a full member of the United Nations.
The White Book of Sarnen is released, talking about the national hero Wilhelm Tell.
Period of Cantons joining the Confederation
War of independence against Austria
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