How Two People's Deaths Led to Millions Killed (And World War I)
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History, Europe

It never should have happened.

Key point: The assassination of the Archduke should not have gotten out of hand but it did.

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, visited the city of Sarajevo and were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, a 20-year-old Yugoslav nationalist. The assassinations triggered World War 1, which broke out a month later when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. A...


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