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Saturday, June 28, 2014

THE DAY THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER

THE DAY THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER
ONE HUNDRED years ago today, the world changed forever.
On June 28, 1914, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, in an event that triggered the outbreak of World War I.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie arrive in their car on a visit to
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie arrive in their car on a visit to Sarajevo. Source: AP
Within a month, Europe would be at war.
Within a year, the Anzac legend would be forged on the shores of Gallipoli as the conflict would spread to far-flung corners of the globe.

They called it “The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars”. Today, historians simply refer to it as World War I.
But how did it start? How did the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne trigger the worst conflict the world had ever seen?
Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in undated photo before his assassination.
Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in undated photo before his assassination. Source: News Corp Australia
-News.com.au

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