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.