100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Posted on June 28th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated 100 years ago on Sunday 28 June 1914, starting the chain of events that lead to World War One.

The first reports about the assassination were printed in British newspapers the following day. You can read many of them online at The British Newspaper Archive.


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Manchester Evening News: ‘What the tragedy will mean’

The article published in the Manchester Evening News included a report about what the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand could mean.

The newspaper suggested that ‘the policy of Austria will probably be in the direction of further measures against the Slavs’.


The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, reported in the Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News – Monday 29 June 1914
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