Today in History, June 28: Assassinations of Archduke Ferdinand & wife in Europe sparks WW1

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Snapshot of events leading to WW1 / Headline SurferORLANDO, Fla. -- The seeds of World War 1 are sown on June 28, 1914,  when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are gunned down in Sarajevo.

Here is a synopsis of what occurred as described in Wikipedia for the date of the 28 of June 1914: Gavrilo Princip was one of a group of six assassins (five Serbs and one Bosniak) coordinated by Danilo Ilić, a Bosnian Serb and a member of the Black Hand secret society. 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 to the Kingdom of Serbia, which was partially rejected. Austria-Hungary then declared war, triggering actions leading to war between most European states.

In charge of these Serbian military conspirators was Chief of Serbian Military Intelligence Dragutin Dimitrijević, his right-hand man Major Vojislav Tankosić, and the spy Rade Malobabić. Tankosić armed the assassins with bombs and pistols and trained them. The assassins were given access to the same clandestine network of safe-houses and agents that Malobabić used for the infiltration of weapons and operatives into Austria-Hungary.

The assassins, the key members of the clandestine network, and the key Serbian military conspirators who were still alive were arrested, tried, convicted and punished. Those who were arrested in Bosnia were tried in Sarajevo in October 1914. The other conspirators were arrested and tried before a Serbian court on the French-controlled Salonika Front in 1916–1917 on unrelated false charges; Serbia executed three of the top military conspirators. Much of what is known about the assassinations comes from these two trials and related records.

Gun used to kill Archduke and wife to start WW! / Headline SurferFast Forward to today: 

Gavrilo Princip's weapon, along with the car in which the Archduke was riding, his bloodstained uniform and the chaise longue on which he died, are on permanent display in the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna, Austria. The bullet fired by Gavrilo Princip, sometimes referred to as "the bullet that started World War I," is a museum exhibit in the Konopiště Castle near the town of Benešov in the Czech Republic.

Key Events in History on June 28:

June 28 is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 186 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

In common years it is always in ISO week 26. This date is the only date each year where both the month and day are different perfect numbersJune 6 being the only date where the month and day are the same perfect number.

Famous Births:

Andy Kelly, of DeLand, FL, former Volusia County coumcilman born on this date, June 28 / Headline SurferFacebook Birthdays (FB Friends of Henry Frederick): 

Happy Birthday Andy Kelly!

Andy Kelly of DeLand, former Volusia County councilman, was born on June 28. 

Andy Kelly, then a supervisor with the Volusia Soil & Water Conservation District ran for the district 1 seat on the Volusia County Council in 2008, against four other candidates -- former DeLand city commissioners Maureen France and Charles Paiva, veterinarian Don Kanfer and activist Jeff Davis. Kelly finished second in the Sept. 5, 2006 primary with 29.12 percent of the vote to the first-place finisher, Paiva, with 333.96 percent of the votes to force a general election runoff. The other three finishing out of the running were France with 23.14 percent, Kanfer with 8.25 percent and Davis with 5.53 percent of the votes. Kelley would win the county council seat with 9,368 votes or 51.37 percent of the overall votes cast to 9,151 votes or 48.63 percent of the vote total.

Kelley served one term and then ran for Volusia County Supervisor of Elections in 2012. But the incumbent, Ann McFall, crushed him and two others with 66.25 percent of the votes in the primary to win re-election outright by garnering more than 50 percent of the votes and avoiding a runoff. Kelly finished a distant second with 18.41 percent of the votes. Kelley ran again in 2016, but withdrew from the race shortly after qualifying. 


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