Monday, February 13, 2017

Fact of the Day: Vasili Arkhipov

If anyone could claim to have "saved the world" it would be Vasili Arkhipov. He was a Soviet Navy officer who played a vital role in the Cuban Missile Crisis.  His submarine was believed by its captain to be under attack from the U.S. Navy however the captain needed votes from all 3 senior staff members to fire a nuclear torpedo. Arkhipov was the only one sensible enough to vote no on the ship. If he had voted yes, then it was very likely that the Cold War would have turned nuclear and probably would have wiped humanity off of the earth.  

8 comments:

  1. I heard of him, what a brave man! Because I think it had consequences for his career, voting "no".

    -Kati
    Almost Stylish

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  2. Glad he had some common sense and wasn't dense.

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  3. I doubt any nuclear war would wipe humanity off the earth. Pockets of people would remain.

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  4. I watched a PBS special about this and I had never known bout this man and he deserves a medal, not only from the Soviets but also from the Americans! It would never happen but it should be.

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  5. the Cuban Missile crisis was one thing - at least some sense prevailed in the House on Penn Avenue.
    Captain Vasili Arkhipov might think differently with the "Red headed
    Turnip" in residence presently.

    Poor PM Justin Trudeau, I do hope he survives the garbage that he will be subjected to by "he who may not even know where Canada is"??

    Funny the line up to see "the red headed Turnip Top". No way would any of the leaders want the responsibility of, heavens be preserved,
    of vouching the safety of a visit by "Turnip Top".
    Nor could any country afford the clean up of the riots.

    Have a nice day, Texas - ha ha.
    Colin

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