June 28th marks the 100th anniversary of events that set off the First World War.
Not far from Habsburg.
The war came shortly after the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who had expansion on his mind. Much like Gary Bettman had, at least in the past.
The Serbs didn’t care much for this type of expansion behaviour and shot the poor bugger. Franz, not Gary.
Franz Ferdinand, if he hadn’t taken a bullet, would soon become ruler of Habsburg.
Habsburg was an Austrian and Spanish Royal House beginning sometime in the 11th century, and remains an important European Royal House to this day. There was a Habsburg castle, Habsburg throne, an Archduke Otto von Habsburg, and now, Karl von Habsburg carries on to this day.
Karl’s the head of the House of Habsburg, much like Geoff Molson.
Was there a Bruinsburg, or Leafsburg, or Canucksburg? Otto von Bruinsburg? No way. But there was a Habsburg!
For more on Habsburg, click here – Habsburg
It was a gruesome time in history, when16 million died, including 7 million civilians, and another 20 million wounded. A miserable war. Starvation, trench warfare, chlorine and mustard gas, genocide, fifth, horrible uniforms that felt like burlap bags on the skin.
The men and women who fought are all gone now, the last was Florence Green, a British citizen who served in the Allies armed forces, who died at age 110 in 2012.
We can never forget, even though now it’s 100 years ago. But we all know that human beings will never learn. Greed, power, money, oil, arrogance. The wars will keep on coming.