The Sarajevo Assassination: Assassination of Franz Ferdinand 104 Years ago

June 29, 2018 8:00 AM

One hundred and four years have passed since the Sarajevo assassination. On that 28th of June 1914, Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand. Ferdinand and his beautiful, pregnant wife Sophie were driving through the solemnly decorated city in an open, black car, along the river Miljacka to the City Hall.

Franz and Sophie arrived to Sarajevo to visit the Austro-Hungarian military troops and the National Museum, and then to take a ride in the first tram car in Europe, the one for which Vienna and Pest laid iron rails through Sarajevo as an experiment, before doing the same thing on their streets. They also wanted to celebrate the 4th marriage anniversary in Sarajevo.

There were numerous citizens on the streets. They threw flowers on the path of the vehicle column.

Among the citizens were also members of the organization Young Bosna, controlled by the secret Serb terrorist organization Black Hand, with Dragutin Dimitrijević Apis on the head. While the column was moving towards the City Hall where Ferdinand was supposed to meet with the Mayor Fehim Čurčić, a young man called Nedeljko Čabrinović, member of the organization Young Bosna, threw a hand bomb on the car with the married couple.

The bomb exploded among the people and around ten citizens were injured. The vehicle column continued moving towards the City Hall.

Another member of Young Bosna, Gavrilo Princip, reached for his gun and shot the car in which the Crown Prince was. His first shot hit Ferdinand, while the second shot was fatal for Sophie.

Princip and his helpers were caught by Sarajevans. The Sarajevo assassination served as a motive for the outbreak of the First World War and it entered the world history. For some people, Princip and his team are terrorists, while for others they are heroes.

Members of Young Bosna who participated in the assassination are: Vasa Čubrilović, Mehmed Mehmedbašić, Nedeljko Čubrilović, Cvetko Popović, Danilo Ilić, Trifko Grabež and Gavrilo Princip.

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