The assassination that sparked WWI, 100 years later

‚ÄčOne hundred years ago, on June 28, 1914, a 19-year old Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Princip shot and killed Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in the town of Sarajevo, in what would go down as one of history’s most infamous assassinations.

Ferdinand's death prompted the Austrian Empire to declare war on Serbia, which unleashed a complex chain of alliances and declarations of war, setting off World War I and four years of bloody, horrific fighting.

Saturday marks the centennial of Ferdinand's assassination, and the world is commemorating the grim anniversary in several different ways.

To find out more about how the historic event is being commemorated around the world, watch this Newsy video.

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