|Assassination of Archduke|
Franz Ferdinand of Austria and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
|Location||Near the Latin Bridge, Sarajevo ( )|
|Date||28 June 1914|
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, happened on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo. They were shot dead by Gavrilo Princip.
Princip was one of a group of seven assassins (five from Serbia and one from Bosnia) from the Black Hand secret society. The political reason for the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary's South Slav provinces so they could be combined into a new country, Greater Serbia.
This led to the outbreak of war in Europe at the end of July 1914. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Both country's allies became involved in the war.
References[change | change source]
- "First World War.com Primary Documents: Archduke Franz Ferdinand's Assassination, 28 June 1914". 2002-11-03. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Map of Europe Archived 2015-03-16 at the Wayback Machine at the time of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand at omniatlas.com
- Newsreels about Franz Ferdinand's assassination at www.europeanfilmgateway.eu
- Prison Interview with Gavrilo Princip after the Assassination