For 68 years, Franz Joseph I of Austria staunchly ruled most of middle Europe. From his seat in Vienna, his empire stretched from the westernmost point of Austria all the way into what is now Eastern Europe, including such countries as Hungary and parts of the Czech Republic.
His death on November 21, 1916 was pretty much the final blow to a crumbling empire struggling in the midst of World War I. Yet, to the people of Austria he had become a symbol of continuity. Unlike Queen Victoria of England who withdrew from the public after the death of her beloved Consort, Franz Joseph's ingrained sense of duty would not allow the tragedies of his life to sidetrack his responsibility to the Empire. Saddened, he continued on after the death of his beloved wife, Sisi, in 1898.
With the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo and the beginning of World War I, he struggled to carry out what he considered to be his God-given duty to his people. His death essentially ended Hapsburg rule in central Europe.This Day in History: At the age of 86, Emperor Franz Joseph I died on November 21, 1916 in Vienna. Who succeeded him?
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