1884 – Born in Basel, Switzerland on the 28th of January.
1930 – Piccard’s interests shifted when he realized that a modification of some of his atmospheric balloon concepts would allow descent into the deep ocean.
1931 – On the 27th of May, Auguste and Paul Kipfer took off from Augsburg, Germany, and reached a record altitude of 15,785 m.
1937 – He had designed a small steel gondola to withstand great external pressure. Construction began, but was interrupted by the outbreak of war.
1945 – He completed the steel gondola for personnel and a large float was attached for buoyancy, using gasoline as the medium.
1948-1950 – This craft was named FNRS-2 and made a number of unmanned dives before being given to the French navy.
1954 – Jacques Piccard made many dives, mainly off Italy.
1957 – Before selling her to the U.S. Navy for $250,000. On her 65th dive, the younger Piccard and Lt. Don Walsh of the U.S. Navy reached a depth 35,800 ft in the Mariana Trench, a few hundred miles from Guam, setting a new record. Jacques’ book Seven Miles Down tells the full story of the FNRS-2 and Trieste.
1962 – Died on the 24th of March in Lausanne.