Today In History- July 23

Today In History- July 23


Austria-Hungary issues an ultimatum to Serbia allowing the Austrians to find out who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Austria-Hungary ultimatum issued as Serbia refuses to compromise.

  • Sarajevo, Bosnia

Just weeks after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, on July 23, 1914, Austria-Hungary delivered an ultimatum to Serbia regarding the plot to assassinate the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.  The culprit, a Serbian nationalist named Gavrilo Princip, succeeded in prompting the retaliation of Austria-Hungary against Serbia, with a series of alliances recognized that lead to several nations declaring war on eachother.  The Triple Entente faced off against the Central Powers, with much of Europe involved in open warfare by the end of the summer of 1914.

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