Ten fun facts about Franz Joseph I of Austria
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Largely considered to be a reactionary, Franz Joseph spent his early reign resisting constitutionalism in his domains.
Franz Joseph founded in 1872 the Franz Joseph University.
Franz Joseph is a character in both the 1930 operetta/musical The White Horse Inn and the Danish 1964 film Summer in Tyrol.
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. Go to more people facts ❯
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