The Assassination That Sparked WWI, 100 Years Later
On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo. The consequences of that killing would erupt into WWI.By Matt Picht | June 27, 2014
One hundred years ago, on June 28, 1914, a 19-year old Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Princip shot and killed Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in the town of Sarajevo, in what would go down as one of history’s most infamous assassinations.
"Princip's two rounds of pistol fire would detonate millions of rounds of cannon fire from one end of Europe to the other. The assassination had changed a charmed world into a cursed one." (Via The Biography Channel)
Ferdinand's death prompted the Austrian Empire to declare war on Serbia, which unleashed a complex chain of alliances and declarations of war, setting off World War I and four years of bloody, horrific fighting.