The White House to Kremlin “Hotline”
Hot Line Teletype Machine
Lyndon B. Johnson Museum Collection
Established 50 years ago on June 20, 1963 and announced on August 30, 1963 by the Kennedy White House, the Kremlin-White House teletype “Hotline” was established in the aftermath to the Cuban Missile Crisis - to be used only in an emergency to ensure clear communication between the President and the Soviet Premier.
The White House Hotline teletype machine was used for the first time for communication between President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexsei Kosygin during the Six Day War in the Middle East.