This Date In History
Well not quite. Call it 28 June and 28 July 1914. On 28 June, a Serbian anarchist whose name I can’t pronounce, much less spell, assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo, Serbia, in one of history’s most memorable wrong-way driving incidents. The chauffeur had been directed to use a particular set of directions to transport the Archduke and Archduchess to the railway station, but took a left when he should have taken a right turn (or vice versa). The anarchist, who had been instructed to shoot the pair at a particular corner on the published route, got tired of waiting and wandered off. He happened to be standing on a street corner heading for a pub when guess who happened to wander into his line of sight in the process of correcting a driving error? The aftermath led to:
28 July 1914, when the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia, setting in motion a tangled series of alliances which pulled almost all of Europe’s powers into a war none of them wanted.
100 years ago this month. The War to End Wars.