Artist’s rendering of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, occurred on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo when they were mortally wounded by Gavrilo Princip. Princip was one of a group of six assassins (five Serbs and one Bosniak) coordinated by Danilo Ilić, a Bosnian Serb and a member of the Black Hand secret society. The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary’s South Slav provinces so they could be combined into a Yugoslavia. The assassins’ motives were consistent with the movement that later became known as Young Bosnia. The assassination led directly to the First World War when Austria-Hungary subsequently issued an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia, which was partially rejected. Austria-Hungary then declared war, triggering actions leading to war between most European states. Wikipedia
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Photo of Franz Ferdinand, his wife Sophie, and their three children: Ernst, Sophie, and Maximilian Mon, Jun 29, 1914 – Page 1 · The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America) · Newspapers.comCanadian newspaper headlines announcing assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Mon, Jun 29, 1914 – Page 1 · The Winnipeg Tribune (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) · Newspapers.comAustralian newspaper announces the murder of heir to Austria-Hungary's throne, Franz Ferdinand Tue, Jun 30, 1914 – Page 7 · The Age (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) · Newspapers.comNew York Times headlines about the shooting of Franz (Francis) Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo Mon, Jun 29, 1914 – Page 1 · The New York Times (New York, New York, New York, United States of America) · Newspapers.comStory of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand as he died in his wife’s arms Mon, Jun 29, 1914 – 2 · The Evening Sun (Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America) · Newspapers.comMap of Sarajevo, Bosnia, showing key locations in the assassination Archduke Franz Ferdinand Mon, Jun 29, 1914 – Page 8 · The Times (London, Greater London, England) · Newspapers.comSir Thomas Barclay claims the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand will bring peace to Europe Mon, Jun 29, 1914 – Page 2 · The Washington Times (Washington, District of Columbia) · Newspapers.comSome fear that murder of Franz Ferdinand will increase hatred between Austria-Hungry and Serbia Mon, Jun 29, 1914 – Page 2 · The Washington Post (Washington, District of Columbia) · Newspapers.comAssassination of Franz Ferdinand may bring "gravest danger to the peace of Europe" Mon, Jun 29, 1914 – Page 1 · Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States of America) · Newspapers.comAustrians in Bosnia participate in anti-Serb riots after the assassination of Franz Ferdinand Tue, Jun 30, 1914 – 2 · Staunton Daily Leader (Staunton, Virginia, United States of America) · Newspapers.comOfficials claim that multiple bombs were placed along Archduke Franz Ferdinand's route Wed, Jul 1, 1914 – 1 · Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States of America) · Newspapers.comKaiser Wilhelm of Germany will not attend the funeral of Franz Ferdinand out of fear for his life Thu, Jul 9, 1914 – 4 · The Linn Digest (Linn, Kansas, United States of America) · Newspapers.comFirst photos taken after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne Sat, Jul 18, 1914 – Page 6 · Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States of America) · Newspapers.comExplanation from July 1914 about the events that led to war in Europe Thu, Jul 23, 1914 – Page 6 · The Atmore Record (Atmore, Alabama) · Newspapers.comMurder of Franz Ferdinand is called "the first link in the chain of events" that caused crisis Thu, Sep 10, 1914 – 7 · Smith County Journal (Smith Center, Kansas, United States of America) · Newspapers.com