Stanislav Petrov, “The man who saved the world,” has died
By Fiza Pirani, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
One September morning in 1983, Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov, a 44-year-old commanding officer with the Soviet Union’s Air Defense Forces, saved the world from erupting into nuclear war.
According to the New York Times, Petrov died on May 19 at age 77, but news of his death was widely unrecognized at the time.
Here are five things to know about Stanislav Petrov, “The man who saved the world”: His quiet death Petrov reportedly died at his home in the Moscow suburb of Fryazino from hypostatic pneumonia.
And while the Cuban Missile Crisis has been widely examined, Petrov's actions have received relatively little attention."
Petrov (and other sources) told the Washington Post that the satellite that signaled the false alarm had picked up the sun’s reflection atop the clouds, mistaking it for a missile launch.