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Cuban missile crisis, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishCuban missile crisis, thethe Cuban missile crisisCu·ban mis·sile cri·sis, the /ˌkjuːbən ˈmɪsaɪl ˌkraɪsɪs $ -ˈmɪsəl-/  a dangerous situation which developed in 1962 when the Soviet Union began to build bases for nuclear missiles in Cuba, and US president John F. Kennedy threatened to take military action. It caused a lot of international anxiety until the Soviet Union agreed to remove the missile bases.
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