ANNETTE MCDERMOTT - 7/4/19
NO AUTHOR - 7/4/19
BY HISTORY.COM EDITORS - 7/4/19
On the 28th of June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, the Duchess of Hohenberg from Austria-Hungary were being taken to the town hall in a car in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Along the way an assassin from the crowd tosses a bomb into the car, but hits the car instead and bounces off and explodes on the road injuring some citizens.
After they leave the town hall they change car and the driver misinterprets the route to be taken to protect them and they end up on the wrong road.
Another assassin, Gavrilo Princip from the Black Hand secret society, happened to be on the same road as Franz and his wife and was waiting for their car to come down the road.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were both assassinated by Gavrilo Pincip shooting them.
The Serbian government was blamed for the assassination. On July 28th , Austria-Hungary, together with Germany's support declared war on Serbia and Russia, which triggered the involvement of a number of European countries to declare war on each other. This marked the start of WWI.