Bah, you call that news? Try:
"Humans Nearly Went Extinct 27 Years Ago"
the commander's Wikipedia entry says he:
"deviated from standard Soviet doctrine by correctly identifying a missile attack warning as a false alarm on September 26, 1983. This decision most likely resulted in preventing an accidental retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its Western Allies."
You can follow any of the links in the above search, or here's a particularly lively read.