The killings sparked a chain of events that led to the outbreak of World War I by early August. The archduke traveled to Sarajevo in June to inspect the imperial armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, annexed by Austria-Hungary in The annexation had angered Serbian nationalists, who believed the territories should be part of Serbia. A group of young nationalists hatched a plot to kill the archduke during his visit to Sarajevo, and after some missteps, year-old Gavrilo Princip was able to shoot the royal couple at point-blank range, while they traveled in their official procession, killing both almost instantly.
The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand 27 June, Franz Ferdinand, archduke of Austria, and his wife Sophie riding in an open carriage at Sarajevo shortly before their assassination. In itself the event was comparatively minor — but it took place in an environment that was already primed for conflict and acted as a trigger that finally unleashed the dogs of war.
This annexation had outraged Serbian nationalists who had been agitating for an independent nation ever since. On June 28, the Archduke and his wife Sophie visited Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, and toured the city in an open car — a dangerous venture in view of the volatile situation.
A Serbian nationalist, year-old Gavrilo Princip was waiting with a gun and seizing his chance fired at the car, hitting both the Archduke and his wife. He then attempted to turn the gun on himself but was wrestled to the ground by other onlookers and was taken away by police.
The car carrying Ferdinand and his wife lying critically wounded inside, sped away from the scene seeking medical assistance. However both died of their wounds soon after. This set off a rapidly escalating series of events — Austria-Hungary accused the Serbian Government of being behind the assassination and declared war on Serbia in July.
Russia and its allies, France and Britain, supported Serbia, and Germany then came down on the side of Austria-Hungary.
The fragile peace that had held Europe together over the previous decade collapsed like a house of cards and the world was plunged into the greatest global conflict ever seen up until that time.
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On this day in , Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are shot to death by a Bosnian Serb nationalist during an official visit to the. The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Years Ago On the eve of the assassination’s centennial, find out how a teenage Serbian nationalist provided the spark for World War I.
12 History The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand By Erin Jaggard Introduction The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on 28th June, is often regarded as the event that triggered the First World War.
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It is a historically accepted fact that the immediate flash-point that caused the First World War was the assassination of the Austrian Archduke, Franz Ferdinand, on June Assassination crisis. The Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, nephew of the aged emperor and heir to the throne, was assassinated in the streets of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, yesterday afternoon.