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Assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie Duchess of Hohenberg

Assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie Duchess of Hohenberg
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On June 28, 1914, in the Bosnian's capital Sarajevo came to the fateful assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie Duchess of Hohenberg. Austrian Post is commemorating this event with a special stamp.

On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip, one of a group of six assassins (five Serbs and one Bosnian Muslim) coordinated by Danilo Ilić.

The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary's south-Slav provinces so they could be combined into a Yugoslavia. The assassins' motives were consistent with the movement that later became known as Young Bosnia. The assassination led directly to the First World War when Austria-Hungary subsequently issued an ultimatum against Serbia, which was partially rejected. Austria-Hungary then declared war.

The motif of the special stamp shows in the foreground Franz Ferdinand and Sophie von Hohenberg, in the background is an illustration from French newspaper "Le Petit Journal" released on July 12, 1914.

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