July 28th 1914: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

July 28th 1914: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

On this day in 1914, World War One began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. This came when Serbia rejected the conditions of the Habsburg ultimatum following the assassination of Austria-Hungary’s heir to the throne Franz Ferdinand by a Serb. The world’s major powers soon became involved as alliances were invoked.

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