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    Monday 28/07/14

    On this day in 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, following the assassination ofFranz Ferdinand the month before. The conflict that would become World War I had begun.

    Why? Well, Russia had promised to protect Serbia; Germany had promised to support Austria-Hungary; and Austria-Hungary had basically asked Serbia to give up its sovereignty.

    Other alliances meant that France and, likely, Britain would have to join the war too. And, with empires covering huge swathes of Asia and Africa, this would make the war a global war.

    A tiny issue leading to a global war - that couldn't happen again, could it? We hope not. And so we're marking today with one of our favourite classic cocktails, the aptly-named The Last Word.

The Last Word Cocktail

World War I began 100 years ago today

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