A South African TV station mistakenly broadcast that former US President George Bush had died during one of its news bulletins.(via B-BBC commenter Jason)
For three seconds ETV News ran a moving banner headline across the screen saying "George Bush is dead".
The "misbroadcast" happened when a technician pressed the "broadcast live for transmission" button instead of the one for a test-run.
The station said test banners would now be done in "gobbledegook".
The mistake happened when a senior staff member wanted to see how a rolling banner headline looked.