The Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg – 28 June 1914

Posted on June 27th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

In Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, Archduke Francis Ferdinand and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead by the 19-year-old student, Gavrilo Princip.

It was the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, that led to the outbreak of World War One.

To mark this tragic day in world history, here are photos of Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, and also a newspaper report about the assassinations.

historical newspaper report about the assassination of archduke

Evening Telegraph – Monday 29 June 1914

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000563/19140629/027/0002

historical newspaper report about the assassination of archduke

Liverpool Echo – Monday 29 June 1914

Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000271/19140629/030/0005

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