Saturday, October 09, 2010

Pop History Moment: The Assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia

On this day in 1934 Yugoslavia's King Alexander I was assassinated during an official visit to the French port city of Marseilles by Vlado Chernozemski, who also shot the chauffeur; also killed in the attack was France's Foreign Minister Louis Barthou, who was accidentally shot by a French policeman in the ensuing melee. Chernozemski was himself felled by a blow from a mounted policeman's sword, then set upon by the crowd.

Amazingly, the entire thing was caught on film, and is shown above...
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