[..]It was the year Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an “evil empire”; the year the United Nations implored the Russians to withdraw from Afghanistan;
the year ABC aired The Day After, a TV movie about the wake of a nuclear attack on the US.
UPDATE : 1983 . A NUCLEAR WAR WASN’T DESTINY ,
when Oko (Russian: Око meaning Eye in old Russian),[note 1] is a Russian (previously Soviet) missile defence early warning programme consisting of satellites in Molniya and geosynchronous orbits. Oko satellites are used to identify launches of ballistic missiles by detection of their engines’ exhaust plume in infrared light failed miserably with multiple alarms of missiles strikes but the Russian Colonel Petrov noticed that they were only false positives and so a right man in the right place saved the World .