Fifty years ago to the date, a Russian Naval Officer declined to start WW3

50 years ago today, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain’s of launching nuclear torpedos against US warships and starting what could have been a nuclear war or WW3.

The US Navy had been dropping depth charges near the submarine to try to force it to surface, while unknowingly carrying nuclear arms. The Soviet officers, who had lost radio communications with Moscow, concluded that WW3 had begun, and two of the officers agreed to retaliate in kind. Arkhipov refused to agree – unanimous consent of 3 officers was required – and for that we the planet earth thank him, that we are still here to discuss about it.