Gavrilo Princip

1894 - 1918

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Gavrilo Princip (Serbian Cyrillic: Гаврило Принцип, pronounced [ɡǎʋrilo prǐntsip]; 25 July 1894 – 28 April 1918) was a Bosnian Serb student who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife Sophie, Duchess von Hohenberg, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. The killing of the Archduke and his wife set off the July Crisis, a chain of events that within one month led to the outbreak of World War I. Princip was born in western Bosnia to a poor Serb family. At the age of 13, he was sent to Sarajevo, the capital of Austrian-occupied Bosnia, to study at the Merchants' School, before transferring to the gymnasium, where he became politically aware. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gavrilo Princip has received more than 6,085,733 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 84 in 2019). Gavrilo Princip is the 6th most popular extremist (down from 5th in 2019), the most popular biography from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the most popular Bosnian, Herzegovinian Extremist.

Gavrilo Princip is most famous for assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. This assassination led to the start of World War I.

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Among extremists, Gavrilo Princip ranks 6 out of 283Before him are Jack the Ripper, Lee Harvey Oswald, Zodiac Killer, John Wilkes Booth, and Osama bin Laden. After him are Elizabeth Báthory, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Herostratus, Gilles de Rais, and Man in the Iron Mask.

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Among people born in 1894, Gavrilo Princip ranks 2Before him is Nikita Khrushchev. After him are Rudolf Hess, Edward VIII, Aldous Huxley, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Maximilian Kolbe, Georges Lemaître, John Ford, Boris III of Bulgaria, Moshe Sharett, and Jean Renoir. Among people deceased in 1918, Gavrilo Princip ranks 4Before him are Nicholas II of Russia, Gustav Klimt, and Abdul Hamid II. After him are Claude Debussy, Manfred von Richthofen, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Mehmed V, Guillaume Apollinaire, Egon Schiele, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, and Georg Cantor.

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In Bosnia and Herzegovina

Among people born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gavrilo Princip ranks 1 out of 375After him are Ivo Andrić (1892), Ratko Mladić (1942), Sokollu Mehmed Pasha (1505), Alija Izetbegović (1925), Ante Pavelić (1889), Goran Bregović (1950), Emir Kusturica (1954), Valerius Severus (300), Tvrtko I of Bosnia (1338), Lala Mustafa Pasha (1500), and Slobodan Praljak (1945).

Among EXTREMISTS In Bosnia and Herzegovina

Among extremists born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gavrilo Princip ranks 1After him are Nedeljko Čabrinović (1895), Dinko Šakić (1921), and Radislav Krstić (1948).