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Tip of the Week: World War One Museum and Centennial goodies

June 28, 1914.

Despite warnings of a Serbian plot to assassinate him, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, took his wife on a visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. They had minimum security and the route they planned to travel within the city was publicized.

Partway through the trip, a bomb was thrown at the motorcade and several people were injured. Following a planned speech by the Archduke, the motorcade planned to travel to the hospital via a different route to visit the injured. A failure to communicate the new route with the drivers took the royal couple right in front of Gavrilo Princip, one of the assassins who was stationed on the original path.

The car carrying the Archduke and his wife suddenly stops directly in front of Princip because someone in the car is telling the driver, “You idiot, you’re not supposed to go down this road. Stop the car and back up.” Princip fires two shots, killing both the Archduke and his wife.

The rest, as they say, is history.

The world is gearing up for the centennial of World War One and there is tons of stuff out there that can be used and adapted by world and US history teachers. So today  . . . a quick list of some of that stuff.

Have fun!


3 Comments Post a comment
  1. I recently did a post (I think I titled it something like ‘Saving a 285 Pound Man’) about the Archduke as it relates to his wife’s valiant effort to shield her husband- so goes one version of the story. I wrote this is because I’d been a 7th grade sub in a history class that day and was entranced by the version I’d heard. I used the story as a sort of springboard for asking a kind of humorous question about saving one’s spouse… Your post is much more informative. Thank you.

    April 11, 2014
    • glennw #

      It is such an amazing story and there are so many different ways a teacher could use it. Though I admit . . . I’ve never gone down the path of Saving a 285 Pound Man but it is something that certainly adds to the event.

      Thanks for sharing a unique perspective!


      April 12, 2014
      • You’re most certainly welcome – I can tell you’re one of those rare teachers with the magical ability to make history come to life. 🙂
        Have a wonderful Sunday

        April 12, 2014

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