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Franz Ferdinand

Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand

Profession: Archduke of Austria


Why Famous: Assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serbian terrorist group "Black Hand" helping trigger the start of World War I.

Born: December 18, 1863
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: June 28, 1914 (aged 50)
Cause of Death: Assassination

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Married Life

  • 1900-07-01 Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand (36) weds countess Sophie Chotek (32) in Reichstadt, Bohemia

Events in the Life of Franz Ferdinand

  • 1914-06-28 Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip at 10.45, the casus belli of WWI

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