The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand was so farcical that no writer of fiction would have dared invent it. It involved a sandwich, a wrong turn, and a bungled gear change.
Several members of the Black Hand lined the route of Ferdinand's procession - including Princip (to understand Princip, it is important to remember that as well as being young and fanatical, he was terminally ill with tuberculosis).
Nadjeklo (I take your word on the spelling) threw a grenade, but forgot to allow for the ten second delay, so it exploded by the car FOLLOWING the Archduke. Several members of the entourage were injured. In an attempt to avoid arrest, N swallowed cyanide and jumped into either a river or a canal (I forget). The cyanide was past its sell-by date and merely made him sick; and the river at that point was only waist deep. N was apprehended.
Archduke F proceeded to the Cathedral (past Princip, who froze in terror). Here, the mayor of Sarajevo had a major fit of nerves and delivered the welcoming speech he had prepared. The service itself was hastily re-worked as thanks for the Archduke's deliverance.
Meanwhile, Princip and his gang met in a park. They were terrified that their arrested comrade would name names - but had no idea what to do next. Eventually, Princip announced that he was going to get a sandwich and stormed off.
After the service at the cathedral Archduke F insisted that he wished to visit the injured at the hospital, and set off in his car. Confused by the change of itinerary, his driver took a wrong turn. When this was pointed out, he attempted a three-point turn and stalled the engine.
He stalled the car directly outside a delicatessen from which emerged Princip, having just finished his sandwich. An astonished Princip drew his revolver and fired.
Is there any event in history more farcical than that?