Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

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Assassination of Archduke
Franz Ferdinand of Austria and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
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Assassination illustrated in the Italian newspaper Domenica del Corriere, 12 July 1914 by Achille Beltrame
LocationNear the Latin Bridge, Sarajevo (43°51′29″N 18°25′44″E / 43.857917°N 18.42875°E / 43.857917; 18.42875)
Date28 June 1914
PerpetratorGavrilo Princip

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.[1] Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Both country's allies became involved in the war.

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  1. "First World War.com Primary Documents: Archduke Franz Ferdinand's Assassination, 28 June 1914". 2002-11-03. Retrieved 2016-10-09.

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