Born: Jan 28, 1884 AD
Died: 1962 AD, at 78 years of age.
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.
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