On 28 June 1914 the Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand in his car in Sarajevo. His act triggered World War I. Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the throne of Austria, which was a large empire at the time. Austria held Serbia responsible and declared war. Both countries had allies so the war escalated and so it became the first world war. World War I ended with the Armistice of 11 November 1918. 11 November can be written as 11-11. That is remarkable. But there is something far more peculiar about this event. The car in which Franz Ferdinand was killed had licence plate number A III 118, which could refer to Armistice 11-11-18.
The assassination of Franz Ferdinand succeeded after a series of mishaps. Two conspirators failed to act. A third threw a bomb that exploded below the next car. Franz Ferdinand then changed his plan to visit the wounded from the bombing at the hospital. After learning that the plot had failed, Princip positioned himself near a food shop on the route to the hospital. There he saw Franz Ferdinand’s open car reversing after having taken a wrong turn. The engine of the car stalled and the gears locked. This gave him the opportunity to strike. He dashed forward and shot both the Archduke and his wife.1
Franz Ferdinand had premonitions of an early death. The accounts of these premonitions appear reliable. One relative mentioned that he had told some of his friends a month before his death that he knew that he was going to be murdered. According to another account the Archduke had shot a rare white stag a year earlier. It was widely believed that a hunter who killed such an animal, or one of his family members, would die within a year. Franz Ferdinand was an indiscriminate huntsman so it may be true but there is no reliable evidence to support this claim.1
Indeed, the assassination was beset by some unusual coincidences, for example the car just stopping in front of Princip, the only person still prepared to kill the Archduke, but the most striking one proved to be the licence plate number. Did someone already know in 1914 that Franz Ferdinand would be assassinated in this car, and that this event would ignite a war that would end on 11 November 1918? And so there may be script running everything that happens. If there was a plan for the future in 1914, there could be one in place now. This website attempts to make sense of it. You can join me on this journey and make some interesting discoveries along the way.
Featured image: Gräf and Stift Double Phaeton ridden by the Archduke Franz Ferdinand at the time of his assassination. User OlliFoolish (2011). Wikimedia Commons.
1. Curses! Archduke Franz Ferdinand and His Astounding Death Car. Mike Dash (2013). Smithsonian. [link]