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The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between Cuba and the Soviet Union on the one hand and the United States of America on the other during October 1962. (PROSE: Heart of TARDIS) Fear of impending nuclear war kept Barbara Wright awake at night during the crisis. (AUDIO: 1963) Coal Hill School gave special air raid warning lessons to deal with the emergency, (PROSE: Time and Relative) as did Brideport Elementary School. By 2020, it was regarded as being the closest the world had ever come to nuclear war. Such an event did not come to pass, however, after both sides decided to talk it over instead, with the Thirteenth Doctor citing that humanity had "dodged a really big bullet". (COMIC: The Piggybackers)

One cause of the missile crisis was from the Jalaphron, who wanted the Cold War to end so that they could feed on the war that would follow. (PROSE: Checkpoint)

In 1903, after receiving a wealth of information from the future, Grigori Rasputin foresaw the Cuban Missile Crisis. (AUDIO: The Wanderer)

In 2015, relations between the United States and Cuba remained tense. (AUDIO: The Eight Truths)

Graham O'Brien was a toddler when the crisis happened, and he later learned about it in school. He filled Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan in on the crisis when they inadvertently ended up in October 1962 during their travels with the Thirteenth Doctor. (COMIC: The Piggybackers)

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