The Day After premieres, making the stakes - and terrible consequences - of the Cold War plain. Even with that in mind, will Elizabeth be able to complete the painful process of the "Patty" operation?
Did You Know?
Like many events referenced in the show, Oleg's story to Tatiana about how close the Russians came to launching nuclear missiles at the U.S. actually happened. On September 26, 1983 a Soviet officer, Stanislav Petrov, disobeyed orders and declined to relay information on what appeared on Russian radar to be five incoming missiles from the U.S. to his superiors. As depicted in the show, the "missiles" turned out to be reflections from a cloud. Had he disclosed the radar sightings it might have led to a nuclear war, as depicted in "The Day After". Petrov's actions did not become public until many years later. The incident is dramatized in the 2014 movie, The Man Who Saved the World
This was not the first time nuclear war was avoided. During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, an Admiral aboard a Soviet sub ordered the captain to launch his nuclear missile. The captain, Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov, who had been appointed the commander of the submarine group involved, refused to do so. See more
The VCR that Elizabeth uses in Yung Hee's home has the VHS HQ brand. HQ was invented by JVC in 1985. That is two years after the events portrayed here. See more
Major Tom (Coming Home)
Performed by Peter Schilling
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