I would like to suggest that we buy a round and raise a toast to Lt Col Stanislav Petrov who was born in Vladivostok on 9th September 1939 and recently died in Moscow on 19th May 2017 aged 77.
On 26th September 1983 this gentleman saved the world.
On that date, at a time of high tension, Soviet computer systems detected that five Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles had been launched by the US towards the Soviet Union.
Protocol demanded an immediate retaliatory strike but Stanislav Petrov's instincts told him that the alarm was false. As a result rather than unleashing nuclear armageddon he reported that the early warning system was malfunctioning - though he did not in fact know for certain that this was the case.
The story came out many years later and Stanislav Petrov was subsequently honoured, but his name and how close we came to disaster is not as widely know as it should be.