June 24, 2008

June 1914 - Archduke Ferdinand Assasinated

This Saturday marks the 94th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife, the Duchess of Hohenberg. The assassination was a catalyst for World War 1.

On June 29, 1914, the front page of the Atlanta Constitution carried the story:
The Atlanta Constitution Marks the Death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

For a few days after the assasination, the front page included stories about their deaths and the funeral that followed, then the topic left the front page for nearly a month.

On July 25, the front page picked up the action with this story:
WWI develops in Europe as Reported By the Atalanta Constitution

The next day the front page carried this headline:
July 1914 - Europe Trembles on Brink of Titanic War

And by the 30th of July:
July 30, 1914 - Atlanta Constitution Reports the Beginning of World War 1

For weeks following, the war dominated the front page.

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