Archduke Franz Ferdinand is the nephew of Emperor Franz Josef and heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
He was shot to death along with his wife by a Serbian nationalist by the name of Gavrilio Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia, in 1914.
The archduke traveled to Sarajevo in June 1914 to inspect the imperial armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Ottoman territories in the turbulent Balkan region that were annexed by Austria-Hungary in 1908.
Seeing his opportunity, Princip fired into the car, shooting Franz Ferdinand and Sophie at point-blank range. Princip then turned the gun on himself, but was prevented from shooting it by a bystander who threw himself upon the young assassin. A mob of angry onlookers attacked Princip, who fought back and was subsequently wrestled away by the police. Meanwhile, Franz Ferdinand and Sophie lay fatally wounded in their limousine as it rushed to seek help; they both died within the hour.
This event trigger an event that will be called "The First World War"
The great Prussian statesman Otto Von Bismarck, the man most responsible for the unification of Germany in 1871, was quoted as saying at the end of his life that “One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.” #balkan #serbia #austria #hungary #war #germany #national #worldwarI