Franz Ferdinand versus Franz Ferdinand

It happened 95 years ago; June 28th, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist and World War I, the war to end all wars, was ignited.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

By the way, the answer to the trivia question is Gavrilo Princip. He was the man who shot and killed the Archduke and his wife.

War had been approaching Europe for years, but Ferdinand’s murder was the event that plunged Europe into war. Nationalism, imperialism, militantism and arms races had prompted European countries to sign numerous treatises with one another. The product of all these defensive pacts was when one country went to war, they all went to war.

Initially, WWI pitted Russian, England and France against Germany, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Bulgaria. Before it was all said and done, millions were killed and the lands of Europe were ravaged by years of ugly bloodshed.

To commemorate this historic event, Land of Punt thought it would be prudent to compare and contrast Franz Ferdinand, the Archduke of Austria and Franz Ferdinand, the rock band.

Franz Ferdinand the band (left) and Franz Ferdinand the Archduke (left).

Franz Ferdinand the rock band (left) and Franz Ferdinand the Archduke (left).

Archduke Franz Ferdinand is from Graz. Franz Ferdinand the rock band is from Glasgow, Scotland.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand married Countess Sophie Chotek. The B-side to Franz Ferdinand the rock band’s single “Take Me Out” is “All for You Sophia”, a song about the marriage of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie. However, the band changed the named to “Sophia” because they thought it sounded better.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination started a world war that conservatively killed 37 million people. Franz Ferdinand the rock band’s sophomore album, You Could Have It So Much Better, kinda blew.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand sired three children: Princess Sophie von Hohenberg (1901), Maximilian, Duke of Hohenberg (1902) and Prince Ernst von Hohenberg (1904). Franz Ferdinand the rock band has released three albums: self titled (2004), You Could Have It So Much Better (2005), and Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (2009).

Archduke Franz Ferdinand was one of the wealthiest men in Austria. Franz Ferdinand the rock band’s debut album went 4x platinum in the U.K.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Franz Ferdinand the rock band was called the latest in the line of art school rock by NME.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand was named after his grandfather Archduke Franz Karl Joseph of Austria. Franz Ferdinand the rock band was named after a racehorse called Archduke Ferdinand that won the Northumberland plate in 2001.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand hunted kangaroos and emus in Australia in 1893. Franz Ferdinand the rock band’s self-titled album debuted at #12 in the Australian album charts in April 2004.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand is interred with his wife Sophie in Artstetten Castle, Austria. Franz Ferdinand the rock band is noted for its use of Russian avant-garde imagery.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot while riding in a 1911 Gräf & Stift Bois de Boulogne tourer. Franz Ferdinand the rock band recently covered the Britney Spears song “Womanizer.”

Franz Ferdinand, the rock band.

Franz Ferdinand, the rock band.

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