Essential Pittsburgh
5:58 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

100 Years Ago: The Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand Affects Pittsburgh Today

Archduke Francis Ferdinand's assassination is commonly known as "the shot heard 'round the world" and the beginning of World War I. The 100th anniversary of his assassination is tomorrow.
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One-hundred years ago this Saturday, June 28, 1914, Arch-duke Francis Ferdinand, nephew and heir of the Austrian Emperor, was shot and killed by Gavrilo Princip while riding in an open car through the Bosnian capital. The tragic incident set in motion events that led to the start of World War I.

Essential Pittsburgh
3:44 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Examining the John F. Kennedy Assassination: Half a Century Later

Forensic Pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht
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Cyril Wecht, world renowned forensic pathologist and former Allegheny County coroner, remembers exactly what he was doing when he heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot.

“Ironically I was standing in an autopsy room looking at a gunshot victim, a victim of homicide,” says Wecht.

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