I did not know this, just encountered it on Google+. Has to be shared and a contribution recognized, you, I and everyone you know, would probably not be here now if it wasn’t for Vasili Arkhipov.
“This finely decorated gentleman is no other than Vasili Arkhipov, a Soviet Navy Officer.
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, it was up to him and two other officers to decide whether or not to launch a nuclear torpedo against the US. They had to decide unanimously in order to launch. Arkhipov was the only one of the three to vote against it, thereby stopping the submarine from launching a nuclear torpedo, thereby stopping NUCLEAR WAR from breaking out.”