On June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were murdered in the streets of Sarajevo by a young Slavic nationalist.  The archduke was heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his assassination precipitated a series of events leading to the outbreak of World War I.  Forty-one years of war and turmoil followed, and the sinews of western civilization were ripped apart.

We, the survivors, are barely holding on.

On everyone’s calendar, that day, June 28, should be draped in black.

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