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Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassinated (1914) Options
Daemon
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Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassinated (1914)

Nephew of Francis Joseph, emperor of Austria and king of Hungary, Ferdinand became heir apparent in 1896. While visiting Sarajevo, he and his wife were assassinated by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. Austria soon declared war on Serbia, prompting countries allied with Austria-Hungary—the Central Powers—and those allied with Serbia—the Triple Entente—to declare war on each other, precipitating WWI. The assassination was not the first attempt on his life. What had happened earlier that day? More...
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Had he lived to quiet peaceful old age, he would have been lost to anonymity like the rest of us.

That he caused the Great War, and the advent of the modern age by the crime of his murder, guaranteed his immortality.

Think of the unspeakable massacre of the First World War, that led directly to the Second World War, that led logically to the Cold War.

I really wish this dude had lived to great old age and expired in obscurity!!!

"Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless, and do no wrong". (Knight's Oath, Kingdom of Heaven)
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