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On This Day In 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand Was Assassinated (PHOTOS)

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On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were on their way to a hospital in Sarajevo, when a young nationalist pulled out his gun and fired shots at short range. Gavrilo Princip, a 19-year-old Bosnian Serb, hit the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne in the jugular vein. When the young man then tried to kill the Austrian governor of Sarajevo, he hit Sophie instead.

One month after the assassination, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, triggering what would become known as one of the most gruesome wars in European history.


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Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie Chotek boarding a car just prior to his assassination in Sarajevo. (AP Photo)


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Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia riding in their car, minutes before their assassination on June 28, 1914. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)


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An artist's rendition shows the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his Sophie, The assassin, Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip, left, of the group Black Hand, was captured. (AP Photo)


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Front page of of Czech Daily 'Narodni Listy' carrying the news about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. (/AFP/Getty Images)

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