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July 28, 1914:  Austria-Hungary Declares War on Serbia, Starts WWI On this day in 1914, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia in response to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  The “domino effect” of alliance obligations that ensued effectively started World War I.

Rudolf (1858 – 1889) Archduke of Austria and Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary. In 1889, he died in a suicide pact with his mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera, at the Mayerling hunting lodge, making Franz Ferdinand's father Karl Ludwig first in line to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire..

The bloodstained coat of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, assassinated in 1914, triggering the First World War. (Getty)

Gavrilo Pricip, a 19-year old Bosnian Serb, shot the archduke and his wife . He killed the archduke. He was part of a terrorist group, called the Black Hand. They wanted Bosnia to be free from Austria- Hungary and for it to become part of Serbia.

Elisabeth of Bavaria - Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. Wife of Franz Joseph I.

Elisabeth, Queen of Hungary and Empress of Austria

Franz Joseph I (* 18. August 1830 in Wien-Schönbrunn; † 21. November 1916 ebenda) aus dem Haus Habsburg-Lothringen war seit der Abdankung seines Onkels Ferdinand I. 1848 bis zu seinem Tod 1916 Kaiser von Österreich, König von Böhmen etc. und Apostolischer König von Ungarn.

Franz Joseph and his great-great-nephew Archduke Otto

The Anschluss in Austria in March 1938.

Gisela of Austria - Sissi's daughter (Empress Elisabeth)

Tudor and Stuart Royals, a painting at Leeds Castle Henry VII; Henry VIII; Edward VI; Mary I; Elizabeth I; James I; Henry, Prince of Wales; Charles I; Anne of Denmark; Frederick V, King of Bohemia; Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia

austria hungary lost power during ww1 which was a political effect