The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, 100 Years On

The shots heard round the world.

June 27, 2014, 12:25 p.m.

On June 28, 1914, Arch­duke Franz Ferdin­and, heir ap­par­ent to the Aus­tro-Hun­gari­an throne, was gunned down in the Balkan city of Sa­ra­jevo. Six as­sas­sins were in Sa­ra­jevo that day and one failed to harm Ferdin­and with a bomb dur­ing a parade. After a speech, Ferdin­and rode in a vehicle that made a wrong turn and was stopped right at the corner where the sixth and fi­nal as­sas­sin, Gav­rilo Prin­cip, happened to be stand­ing. Prin­cip shot and killed him and his wife, Soph­ie; the as­sas­sin­a­tion sparked the be­gin­ning of World War I.