The Man Who Saved the World
Stanislav Petrov was a Soviet army officer monitoring the satellite system for signs of a U.S. attack, the year was 1983, and his instructions, if he detected missiles targeting the Soviet Union, were to push the button and launch a counter-offensive.
He didnÃ¢€™t. Minutes later, no missiles came; months later, the frightening data across his monitor was determined to have been a system glitch. Today, the Association of World Citizens is calling him Ã¢€œthe forgotten hero of our time,Ã¢€ a title befitting the man whose responsibility had been to start World War III.
Take a minute and read the whole thing; I can’t even fathom the stress this guy was under.