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July 28, 1914: Austria-hungary's Calamitous Last Hurrah - Yahoo

Vienna (AFP) - News-hungry, patriotic crowds had been massing for hours outside newspaper offices trading in Vienna when emperor Franz Joseph's "To My Peoples!" proclamation of war against Serbia finally came on the evening of July 28, 1914. A month after a Bosnian Serb revolutionary assassinated Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo, the uppity Serbs were going to get a long-deserved bloody nose. Special editions were ripped out of newspaper sellers' hands, and in Vienna at least, nationalistic songs were sung late into the summer night, triumphant speeches were made and thousands thronged the streets. "Maybe people didn't think it would be twitter over by Christmas, but the feeling was that it would be done by mid-1915," historian and Austrian Military Museum (HGM) director Christian Ortner told AFP. "But Vienna was playing official website a game of very high risks." Instead of a short war -- and one confined to the Balkans as Vienna thought -- this was the start of World War I, four years of conflict drawing in all the great powers of the time and killing nine million soldiers. View gallery Picture showing Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (R), heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian A day after Austria-Hungary's declaration, Serbia's ally Russia began mobilising. On August 1, Germany declared war on Russia and two days later on France. <br>More:

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