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The weakling whose shots started WWI

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Gavrilo Princip, the 19-year-old whose assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo 100 years ago this June 28 sparked World War I, was weedy, bookish and a bit shy. 

Photo taken on June 28, 1914 shows Gavrilo Princip (2ndR) moments after his assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo

But the pint-sized peasant boy was also a passionate Serb and Slav nationalist whose rejection because of his size left with him with a point to prove.

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