Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife Sophie and three children, courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, © IWM, Q 81810

Centenary Countdown: one year to the 100th anniversary of Archduke’s assassination

Posted on on 28 June 2013
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Today marks exactly one year before the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

The assassination in Sarajevo of the heir apparent to the Austro-Hungarian throne took place on the 28th June 1914.

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has announced that it will perform at Sarajevo Vijecnica (city hall) on the 28th June 2014 to mark the Centenary of the assassination.

France and Germany also announced in April 2013 that they would provide funding to the City of Sarajevo to mark the outbreak of the conflict.

A programme of events in the city will include cultural events, commemorations, academic reflection upon the conflict, as well as athletic events for the month of June 2014.

A foundation - Sarajevo heart of Europe – was established by France and the city of Sarajevo. The foundation will also be involved in the commemorations.

The Austrian Military Museum in Vienna has put on display the blood stained undershirt that the Archduke was wearing when he was murdered to mark the 99 year anniversary of his death.

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News