Yes, you read that right. Nuclear weapons have almost been set off, not twice, but 13 times since 1962.
This finding is part of a recent report by the UK based Chatham house Think Tank which states that in several cases:
disaster was averted only by cool-headed individuals gambling that the alert was caused by a glitch and not an actual attack.
And the chances of a nuclear weapon going off somewhere are also increasing:
in the last few years, there is evidence that the perceived nuclear risk calculation is shifting upwards again.
For instance, in May 1981, the newly elected president of France, François Mitterrand, accidentally left the launch codes given to him by his predecessor at home,in the suit he was wearing the day before.
the dry cleaner.
In February 1974, US Senator Sam Nunn spent two weeks in Europe visiting US NATO bases. He reported that ‘there were people guarding nuclear weapons [who] were hooked on drugs’.