Gavrilo Princip

Bosnia marks 100 years since assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

‘It was then that everything changed.’

This quote from Revolution The Musical is as fitting for the events of 1992 in Bosnia as it was 100 years ago as Bosnia commemorates the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo – the act that triggered the First World War.

Gavrilo Princip

Today a series of cultural and sporting events, which included a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic, marked a moment when history changed.

Bosnian Serbs, Croats and Muslim Bosniaks are still divided by the event in which Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip shot the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. On one hand he is regarded as a ‘hero’ whose actions triggered the independence of Bosnia from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, while others see him as a criminal whose actions led to devastating consequences.

View this BBC article for more details and a video about the centenary.

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