Back in October of 1962, the world was on the brink of a thermonuclear war that would change the course of humanity. Most people know about the Cuban missile crisis, but few are aware of the severity and significance of the situation and how it all came down to a single instance. Thanks to one man’s decision and his willingness to stand behind that decision, he singlehandedly prevented a catastrophe of epic proportions.
This is a story about that Russian naval officer and how he quite literally saved the world.
Tensions were high between the United States and the Soviet Union, two of the world’s superpowers. Both countries have enough nuclear firepower to wipe human beings from existence. It seems impossible that much devastation could be prevented by just one man, but that’s exactly what happened. Anytime a situation arises regarding nuclear weapons it pays to have a cool, calm attitude. One wrong move, one bad decision, could start a chain reaction that couldn’t be stopped.
Millions of people were aware the Cuban missile crisis was happening and that it could directly affect their daily lives had World War III broke out. Sir Joseph Rotblat, who was a Polish physicist that worked on Tube Alloys for the Manhattan Project, told reporters, “the most terrifying moment in my life was October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I did not know all the facts – we have learned only recently how close we were to war – but I knew enough to make me tremble.”