TIL about Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov, a Soviet Navy officer who refused to authorize his captain’s use of nuclear torpedoes against the US Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Such an attack likely would have caused a major thermonuclear response which could have destroyed much of the world.

Read more: https://thelosangelesbeat.com/2012/11/the-man-who-saved-the-world/

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  1. I heard there’s actually a concerningly large number of incidents where one guy basically saves the entire world from total annihilation because they refused to follow orders, or correctly thought that they knew better than the person giving the order.

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