This Date In History

by kpmautner

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.