Today in World War 2 History, January 9, 1943: Himmler visits Warsaw and orders 8,000 Jews deported from the ghetto. A few weeks later, on Jan 18, the uprising started. It was ended April 19-May 16 with a murderous leveling of the entire area, the demolition of virtually every building and the elimination of 56,000 people. See "Warsaw Ghetto Uprising" on Wikipedia for an amazing panorama photo of the devastation.
The man who saved the world... 50 years ago, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain's order to launch nuclear torpedos against US warships and setting off what might well have been a terminal superpower nuclear war. His story is finally being told - the BBC is airing a documentary on it.