Sarajevo on June 28, 1914
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg. They were mortally wounded by the assassin Gavrilo Princip.
This was all that was needed to provoke Austria-Hungary into declaring war on Serbia, the beginning of WWI.
Where it gets strange:
The combination of implausible circumstances that resulted in the assassination of Franz Ferdinand defies the laws of probability.
Franz Ferdinand and Sophie were touring Sarajevo in an open car, with surprisingly little security, when Serbian nationalist Nedjelko Cabrinovic threw a bomb at their car; it rolled off the back of the vehicle and wounded an officer and some bystanders.
Later in the day the Archduke randomly made a decision to visit the wounded men in the hospital. Due to a wrong turn by his chauffeur, this took him, by coincidence, directly to one of the same group of assassins, Gavrilo Princip, when the car pulled up within six feet of him.
Gavrilo was so surprised by the sudden unexpected opportunity and so restricted in movement by the crown that he was not able to pull out and prime the bomb he was carrying. In a desperate act, he pulled his pistol but failed to actually aim it. According to his own testimony, Princip confessed: “Where I aimed I do not know,” adding that he had raised his gun “against the automobile without aiming. “I even turned my head as I shot”, he stated.
It is pretty striking, given the circumstances, that the killer fired just two bullets, and yet both rounds proved almost immediately fatal. Sophie was hit in the stomach, and her husband in the neck, the bullet severing his jugular vein.
Hold on, it’s about to get even stranger:
A British man named Brian Presland visited Vienna’s Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, where the vehicle is now on display. He was the first to point out the remarkable detail contained in the vehicles license plate, which reads AIII 118.
That number can be taken to read A (for Armistice) 11-11-18— which means that the car has always carried with it a prediction of November 11, 1918: Armistice Day, the day that WWI ended and of course the man who died in it triggering it’s beginning.