This Day in History: June 28

June 28, 1914–> Franz Ferdinand Assassinated

In what many saw as the match thrown on gasoline soaked pile of wood, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were shot to death by Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip on that fateful June 28. Ferdinand, the presumptive heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne, traveled to Sarajevo to check out the imperial armed forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, recently annexed by Austria-Hungary in 1908. Princip, a member of the Black Hand, a secret military society who wanted unification of Southern Slavs, was 19 years old, walked up to point blank range, and murdered a world leader and his wife. This, followed by a number of other events later dubbed the July Crisis of 1914, and countless other things, fueled the outbreak of WWI. Kid was 19. Really makes you think. I’m 20 and how many world leaders have I assassinated, leading to a world war? Exactly zero. Fuck.


June 28, 1997–> Mike Tyson was Real Hungry For Ear


In the third round of a July 28, 1997 heavyweight fight, Mike Tyson officially lost his shit. in November of 1996, Holyfield beat Tyson with a TKO in round 11, which shocked many. Fresh out of jail, Tyson scheduled a rematch with Evander in no time. The first few rounds saw the crowd get behind Holyfield after he landed a lot of punches and a headbutt that landed and cut just above Tyson right eye. Crowds used to pull hard for Tyson, so this flip would make any man in his position angry. But not many other men would think to snack on their opponents ear as payback. Weird. A good weird, though, the best kind. Power move by Tyson, although he would get disqualified after this stunt with 10 seconds left in the third round.

June 28, 2007–> Celtics Trade for Ray Allen

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Trader Danny’s first in a long, progressive series of fleecings, he sent Wally Szczerbiak, Lebron’s father Delonte West, and the rights to the 5th overall pick that year-Jeff Green, to the Sonics (RIP) for Allen and 2nd round pick Glen Davis, who would later go on to be the “Big Baby” we all knew and loved. Just Danny doing Danny things, no worries. This was significant because it would signify Boston was ready for another big player, or “Big Ticket”, if you will. Just over a month later, a package headlined by Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, and two first round picks, which ended up being Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington. These two trades were the forces behind banner 17 being raised in the Garden rafters. Thanks again Danny!!



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