Imagine you’re relaxing and watching a TV show then you switch to a news channel and see a horrifying natural disaster being broadcasted live on TV claiming hundreds of lives. Crazy, right? There have been instances exactly similar to this situation that had left the people startled while they were under live coverage on television. Most of these live events were absolutely disturbing to watch, while some include huge embarrassment and shame. Follow the list to know 10 of the craziest events caught live on TV
1. Jordanian journalists started brawling live on a TV talk show, “Seven Star,” in 2014 over the civil war that took place three years before in the neighboring country, Syria. The two gentlemen went as far as breaking the desk of the table and pushing it against each other during the fight.
The talk show was airing live when two journalists, Shaker al-Jayousi and Mohammed al-Johari, were engaged in a heating debate in 2014 about the Syrian civil war which happened three years before in Syria. The debate was centered on the rebellion against President Bashar Assad’s government. It was propagated by the activists that the president had killed more than 150,000 people.
The debate turned into a fight when al-Jayousi accused al-Johari of supporting the Syrian rebels. In its response, al-Johari accused al-Jayousi of being bribed by President Assad for supporting him.
Getting too carried away by the debate, both of them stood up, held the opposite edges of the table, and started pushing it against each other. In the conflict, the top of the table broke off, and all the stuff lying on the table toppled down. The moderator of the talk show and studio workers had to step in and stop the fight by separating the two journalists. (1, 2)
2. The infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001 on the two World Trade Center buildings in New York City and two other buildings in the US were broadcasted live on TV. The entire incident claimed almost 3,000 lives and caused huge losses.
A total of 19 militants that were associated with al Qaeda, an extremist Islamic group, hijacked four planes on 9 September 2001 and carried out a suicidal terrorist attack by crashing into four US buildings.
The first building hit was the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York. It was hit by an American Airlines Boeing 767 exactly at 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning. Just after 18 minutes of the first crash, the South Tower of the World Trade Center was also attacked by a Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175.
Initially, when the first tower was hit, it seemed like a fatal accident, and evacuation was broadcast live on TV along the same lines, but as soon as the second plane collided with the building and exploded, it was clear that it was a terrorist attack.
Millions of people were watching at this stage when the third plane, Flight 77, crashed at the Pentagon Military Headquarters in Washington D.C. at 9:45 a.m. killing 125 military personnel and civilians. Sixty-four of them were in the hijacked flight.
The fourth and the last flight didn’t crash into its target but still killed 44 people on board after coming down in a rural field in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m.
3. An extremely embarrassing moment occurred for Elon Musk during his live demonstration at the Los Angeles auto show. The “shatterproof” windows on Tesla’s futuristic electric “cybertruck” literally cracked on the electric truck’s debut leading to massive online troll.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, was introducing the cybertruck at an auto show in Los Angeles along with the Tesla design chief Franz von Holshausen. Musk explained that the windows of the electric cybertuck are “shatterproof”. They are made up of metals and can also withstand bullets.
To show the strength of the invincible glass of the cybertruck, Franz threw a heavy metal ball on the glass within a close range and to their surprise, the glass shattered. Musk didn’t believe it at first and asked Franz to throw it one more time on the other window, which cracked too.
Musk handled the situation quite decently when he laughed and said, “Not bad, but there’s room for improvement.” He added that before the demonstration, they threw wrenches, a bathroom sink, and whatnot at the window, and it didn’t break. For some weird reason, it broke now, and he doesn’t know the reason why.
4. A Dallas nightclub owner, Jack Ruby, shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of US President John. F Kennedy on 24 November 1963 in the basement of the Dallas police station which became the first murder that happened live on TV.
J. F. Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November when he was riding in an open-car motorcade in the streets of downtown Dallas. Within a few minutes of the murder, Oswald killed a policeman who stopped him on the street, and after 30 minutes Oswald was arrested in a movie theatre.
Two days later, Oswald was being carried by the police to a more secure county jail via the basement of the Dallas police headquarters. Press and media gathered on the scene to broadcast the departure of the alleged assassin, and suddenly Ruby appeared and shot Oswald with a 38-caliber revolver resulting in his instant death. Ruby was detained immediately, and he claimed that the President’s murder triggered him to kill Oswald.
In his trial, Ruby said that he shot Oswald unconsciously because he was suffering from “psychomotor epilepsy” because of the grief he was going through, but he was sentenced to death.
The decision was reversed in October 1966 by the Texas Court of Appeals based on the fact that Ruby was not given a fair trial in Dallas. However, while waiting for his new trial, Ruby died in 1967 because of lung cancer in a Dallas hospital.
5. Slobodan Praljak, a war criminal and a former Bosnian Croat military commander, drank poison in the courtroom in The Hague in front of the judge, the prosecutors, and live media on 29 November 2017. He was dead as soon as he arrived at the hospital.
Slobodan Praljack had been a writer and a film director. When Croatia broke away from Yugoslavia in 1991, he was a general in the Croatian army. He was a prominent figure in the Croatian forces fighting in Bosnia and was involved in the long siege and shelling of the city of Mostar.
He surrendered in 2004 to the tribunal, and in 2013, he was sentenced to 20 years of prison based on allegations that included war crimes and crimes against humanity.
He was frustrated with these allegations. During a full-fledged courtroom trial, he pulled out a small bottle and drank from it stating that it was poison that he just gulped down, and the act was a protest against his convictions for war crimes.
His last words were, “Slobodan Praljack is not a war criminal. I reject your judgment with contempt.” The judges immediately ordered to block the view of the public gallery, but the suicidal act was broadcast live.
In a matter of a few moments, Praljack began to gasp for breath and was taken to a Dutch hospital. Nonetheless, he died of heart failure because he ingested a highly toxic compound, potassium cyanide.