Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov (1926-1998) was a Soviet navy officer. It was October 1962. The Cuban Missile Crisis was likely to escalate into a full out nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union.
When Julius Caesar (100BC-44BC) was a young man, he once sailed across the Aegean Sea. During this trip, he was captured by pirates, who immediately thought about asking for a ransom of 20 talents of silver (approximately $600’000 today).