Was it the murder of Archduke Franz-Ferdinand?

  • Do you mean motion picture or still photography?
    – Luke_0
    Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 23:08
  • @Luke: I meant motion, but still is also interesting. Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 23:21
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    Does the murder of Topsy (1903) count?
    – yannis
    Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 11:08
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    Note for those researching this - a lot of early "combat" and "crime" footage were re-enactments supplied by the Edison Company for newsreels. (Edison went so far as to have a model of San Francisco built, set on fire and shook by a camera assistant, and sold this as footage of the San Francisco Earthquake). Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 16:10
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    Re murder of Archduke Franz-Ferdinand: it seems as if the relevant reel has gone missing: his arrival at the Sarajewo town hall and his funeral in Vienna in 1914 are both on film ...
    – Drux
    Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 13:23

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One potential resource is Wikipedia's list of filmed assassinations. Can anyone find any of those that preceed Alexander I of Yugoslavia in 1934? I picked that one at random, but a bit of google suggests that this may be the first assassination captured on film.

  • Should this have been a comment, all those years ago?
    – Spencer
    Commented Dec 24, 2021 at 22:36

My guess without going to Wikipedia is Alexander I of Yugoslavia while he was in Marsaille visiting a French leader. I think it was around 1934. I wonder if Austrian Chancellor Dolfuss's assassination (from around the same time) was caught live on radio or film.

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