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WWI: Austria displays declaration of war on Serbia

July 28, 2014

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian and Serbian diplomats marked the 100th anniversary of Austria’s declaration of war on Serbia — which ultimately led to the outbreak of World War I — by attending an exhibition Monday that displays the historic document.

The diplomats shook hands next to the declaration, which is on show at Vienna’s Leopold Museum, as the two countries marked its publication a century ago.

Austria declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914, after a month of mounting tensions sparked by the assassinations of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. They were shot in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip.

The declaration drew in other great powers — some on the side of Serbia, others backing Austria — to lead to World War I.

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