The Austro-Hungarian Assassination That Started World War I

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On June 28th, 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist from the underground organization "Black Hand," assassinated Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Though contemporary experts didn't realize it in the chaos of the day, modern historians consider the assassination as the spark that triggered World War I. Could it happen again? Learn about the historic event in the videos below.

The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

A world-shaking assassination depicted in colorful cartoons.

Why Did Anyone Want To Assassinate Franz Ferdinand?

Because he was a horrible person, according to Indiana Neidell.

What Really Started World War I

According to some accounts, Franz Ferdinand's assassination really wasn't that big of a deal.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph, actually expressed relief when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914. 00:15

  2. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand gave Austria-Hungary an excuse to start a conflict with Serbia. 01:48

  3. The U.S. entered World War I in 1917, mainly because German submarines were hindering the country's commercial shipping. 03:51

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