Ninety-six years ago today, on June 28th 1914, Austria Hungary’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Hapsburg empire’s throne, and his morganatic wife Sophie, Dutchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip, a young Bosnian Serb.

This deed was arguably the single most decisive act of the twentieth century, eventuating in the First World War and all its consequences – results which resonate to the present day.

For those interested in the immediate consequences of the assassination, an excellent classic and a perfect place to begin is with historian Barbara Tuchman’s great work on the opening days of the First World War, The Guns of August.

The automobile in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand and wife were assassinated (Military History Museum, Vienna)

Gavrilo Princip Arrested In Sarayevo, June 1914

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