The Spark | Facts about WW1: The War to End All Wars

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The nationalist fervor of Gavrilo Princip, a 19-year-old Serb bent on freeing his nation from the Austrian yoke, set off a deadly chain of events that led to World War I. On June 28, 1914, Princip and his collaborators, having learned of a visit by Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Sarajevo, put into action a plan to assassinate the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. After some missed opportunities by his colleagues, the Archduke’s car took a wrong turn and ended up in the proximity of Princip, who drew his pistol and fired two shots, killing the Archduke and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg. The fuse had been lit.

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