Ten fun facts about Franz Joseph I of Austria


Fact 1
Largely considered to be a reactionary, Franz Joseph spent his early reign resisting constitutionalism in his domains.

Fact 2
Franz Joseph founded in 1872 the Franz Joseph University.

Fact 3
Franz Joseph is a character in both the 1930 operetta/musical The White Horse Inn and the Danish 1964 film Summer in Tyrol.


Fact 4
In the 1974 BBC miniseries Fall of Eagles, he was played by Miles Anderson as a young man and by Laurence Naismith in old age.

Fact 5
On 28 June 1914, the assassination of the heir-presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, his nephew Archduke Franz Ferdinand, at the hands of Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist, resulted in Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against the Kingdom of Serbia, which was Russia's ally. This activated a system of alliances which resulted in World War I.

Fact 6
At the age of 13, young Archduke Franz started a career as a colonel in the Austrian army.

Fact 7
The main foreign policy goal of Franz Joseph I had been the unification of Germany under the House of Habsburg.

Fact 8
His 68-year reign is the third-longest in the recorded history of Europe.

Fact 9
The archipelago Franz Josef Land in the Russian high Arctic was named in his honor in 1873.

Fact 10
Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand's South Island bears his name.


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was Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary from 1848 until his death in 1916



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