In 1961 the company celebrated its bicentenary with 3000 current and former employees, and with invited guests from all over the world. The civil defence corps of the island of Reichenau on Lake Constance came in historic uniforms to demonstrate their good relations with the factory in Konstanz. The people of Stein also took part; a school holiday was declared and the children enjoyed watching the colourful procession.
· The World Wildlife Fund (WWF, later World-Wide Fund for Nature) is founded in Switzerland
· Construction of the Berlin Wall begins