June 28th 1914: Franz Ferdinand assassinated

On this day in 1914, Archduke of Austria and heir to the throne Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated in Sarajevo. He was killed by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. An attempt to blow up his car failed earlier in the day and his assassins had given up until Princip saw his car later in the day and shot the two. His death triggered a chain of events which led to the First World War. Austria-Hungary, in retaliation, declared war on Serbia. This led to the Central Powers (including Germany) joining on Austria’s side, and the Allied powers like Britain and France joining on Serbia’s side. On this day 5 years later in 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in Paris, thus officially ending the First World War.

"Don’t die darling, live for our children"
- His dying words to his wife

07/02/13 at 10:30pm
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    politics was so intense that a not-so-random dude’s death sparked a world war
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