Today In History- June 28

Today In History- June 28


Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo.

Assassination of Archduke brings Serbia to war with Austria-Hungary.

  • Sarajevo

Triggering a global conflict, on June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife are assasinated while visiting Sarajevo.  A Bosnian fanatic, Gavrilo Princip, a member of the militant Young Bosnia, shot the dignitary as his motorcade passed.  The event triggered a number of events of hostility, especially with the Serbs against Austria-Hungary, who sought independence from the Austro-Hungarian empire.  After an ultimatum was given to Serbia, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, beginning World War One.  Several nations would follow suit as a result of the alliances made between the various countries.

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