Sarajevo marks 100th anniversary of WWI assassination
                 English.news.cn | 2014-06-29 04:28:11 | Editor: yan

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA-SARAJEVO-WW I 100 ANNIVERSARY

The photo shows a replica of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's car in front of the "1878-1918 Sarajevo Museum", in the old city in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on June 28, 2014. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, was assassinated with his wife Sophie during their visit to Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, which triggered the World War I. (Xinhua/Haris Memija)

 

SARAJEVO, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Saturday marked the 100th anniversary since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, which lit the fuse for World War One(WWI).

The centerpiece was a concert performed by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the City Hall, which just finished restoration since it was destroyed during the Bosnia War in 1990s.

The landmark building is just several minutes of walk from the Latin Bridge, which became famous over the assassination. On June 28, 1914, Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, was assassinated with his wife Sophie near Latin Bridge by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb.

It is widely believed that the pistol shots by Princip lit the fuse for WWI. The war resulted in disintegration of empires and some 10 million soldiers killed.

During his speech at the City Hall, Bakir Izetbegovic, Chairman of BiH Presidency, called for peace, tolerance and mutual understanding in a bid to build for a better future.

Apart from the concert, there were other activities in the city in the day, including conference, exhibitions and cultural events.

 

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