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One hundred years ago today, June 28, 1914

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One hundred years ago today, June 28, 1914, was the first step in one of the most horrendous events in the world’s history: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip.

It is hard to believe that this murder of one man could start the world off into a bloody four-year war but it did. Queen Victoria of England had controlled the “peace” in the European sector by intermarrying royal family members and ruling with an iron hand. However, it was not long after her demise that everything broke loose.

Many believe that the infamous assassination was none other than a political façade to start war and not really about that murder of the archduke and his wife. Nevertheless, by July 28, a month later, Austro-Hungarians began firing shots on their intent to invade Serbia.

Soon Germany invaded neutral Belgium and Luxembourg and was halted by the Western Front which stopped the invasion of France. Britain declared war and a stalemate with disease-ridden trench lines were set up which lasted years until 1917 when the United States entered the war.

World War I, considered at that time “The War to End All Wars,” set off a domino effect that transpired the entire earth and has had many consequences that affect even today.

There were more than 37 million military and civilian casualties leading from this date in history.

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