It was 100 years ago today …

One hundred years ago today in Sarajevo, a Serb nationalist shot to death at point-blank range the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie. Their deaths, we are told, triggered the chain of events that led a month later to the start of World War I — the Great War, a horrifying, bloody four-year conflict that killed some 14 million people, collapsed empires and redrew large parts of the world’s map.

Ishaan Tharoor, The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the drumbeats of war.


The Archduke and his wife, Duchess Sophie, leaving Sarajevo City Hall minutes before their deaths.


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