What seemed as a minor event in Central Europe, 100 years ago today, was not even reported in many American newspapers in the US until two days later. An assassination in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina was the event.
|The assassination as illustrated by Achille Beltrame of the Italian newspaper Domenica del Corriere, 12 July 1914.|
The news made page 3 of the Ballarat Courier on 30 June and was widely reported throughout Australia.
|CABLEGRAMS. (1914, June 30). The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved June 29, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73308399|
From now for the next five years there will be a significant focus on World War I.
Many families, including both mine and my husband's, had young men who served in the war who were killed, and others who were injured.
As a family historian, if I come across a young man born in the 1890s, the first thing I do is check for a military record.
While the military records are useful for family historians it seems worthwhile to pause and remember the suffering represented by those records.
I am sure that as our forebears read the newspapers on 29 and 30 June 1914 they would have no idea of what that assassination might mean for them and their families.