The Date the World Went to War

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In 1914 Bosnia was holding the annual summer manoeuvers of the Austro- Hungarian army that were centered on the XV and XVI corps there. It was said it was beautiful Sunday morning as it was bright and sunny that day. Archduke Franz Ferdinand was there serving as the inspector of the army. It was announced in March that the Archduke Franz Ferdinand would be attending this event, and would be visiting Sarajevo as well. Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip on June 28th, 1914 in Sarajevo as an act of terror by Princip, on behalf of the Slavic Nationalist Black Hand Organization. This date is often associated with being the start of the First World War. Franz Ferdinand was an Archduke of Austria-Este, Austro-Hungarian and Royal Prince of Hungary and of Bohemia. He was born in Graz, Austria, and was the eldest son of Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria and was the younger brother of Franz Joseph and Maximilian. In 1889 Ferdinand’s cousin committed suicide at his hunting lodge. This changed his life drastically because this meant his father was in line for the throne. Shortly after gaining the throne Ferdinand’s father passed away from typhoid fever. With the death of his father Franz was now in charge of the throne.1 Franz Ferdinand was enlisted into the Austro-Hungarian Army at a young age. He was promoted often, and was even appointed lieutenant by the age of fourteen. He followed that by becoming a captain at twenty- two, colonel by
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