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The Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand



The Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand
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     challenging words:    chauffeur, Gavrilo, happening, motorcade, assassin, organization, terrorist, reception, incident, immediately, wedding, leader, attend, nevertheless, route, anniversary
     content words:    Archduke Francis Ferdinand, Archduke Ferdinand, Saint Vitus, City Hall, Gavrilo Princip, On July, World War


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The Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Archduke Francis Ferdinand was next in line to be the leader of his country, Austria-Hungary, but not everyone in his country was happy about that. The Serbians living in Bosnia, which had been taken over and made a part of Austria-Hungary, did not want him to be in charge. Nevertheless, Archduke Ferdinand planned a trip to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, for the feast day of Saint Vitus. He was warned in advance that this could be a dangerous trip.
 
2     Archduke Ferdinand decided to go anyway. His fourteenth wedding anniversary would take place during the trip, and his wife Sophie went with him. Together, they would ride in a royal motorcade through the city of Sarajevo, on their way to a reception at City Hall.
 
3     They arrived in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 with a motorcade of four cars. The Archduke and his wife rode in an open car, the second one in line. Crowd of people lined the streets to see them pass by.

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