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The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, 100 Years On

The shots heard round the world.

June 27, 2014

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. 

The archduke and his wife emerge from the Sarajevo Town Hall to board their car, a few minutes before the assassination.(Creative Commons)

A picture taken on Jan. 14, 2014, shows the street corner where Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his pregnant wife, Sophia.(ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP/Getty Images)

The front page of of Czech Daily "Narodni Listy" carrying the news about the assassination.(AFP/Getty Images)


Actors rehearse a piece for a performance the next day at the Latin Bridge as a billboard at a museum showing Archduke Ferdinand stands behind on June 28, 2014, in Sarajevo.(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Franz Ferdinand (1863-1914), archduke of Austria-Este with with his wife, Sophie, duchess of Hohenberg (1868-1914), and their children.(Library of Congress)

Visitors photograph one another in a replica of the car that Austrian Archduke Ferdinand rode in when he was assassinated at the same spot 100 years before.(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)


Gavrilo Princip(Creative Commons)

Honor guards stand under plaques that describe the destruction of the building, formerly the National Library and today restored as City Hall (called Vijecnica), during the Bosnian War in 1992.(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Photograph shows Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (1863-1914) with his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg (1868-1914) and their children.(Library of Congress)

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