TIL in 1983 Russia, thinking the US was attacking them, shot down a Korean passenger plane that had inadvertently entered their airspace. Due to this, Ronald Reagan made an executive order that GPS, owned by USA, be made available for civilian use to prevent such confusion happening again.

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  1. They thought a US spy plane that was in the area was overflying their base not an attack. The Soviets confused the radar tracks. The Soviet fighter pilot told the controller it looked like a civilian airliner but he was ordered to shoot anyway.

  2. September 1, 1983 KAL007 was shot down because Russia though this was a spy plane.

    26 September 1983 Stanislav Petrov saves the world from nuclear war. Russia’s nuclear early warning radar indicated 5 nukes were inbound from the USA. Petrov reasons this must be a false alarm because his trainers said a first strike nuclear attack would be massive.

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