For 50 years, the hotline between Washington, D.C., and Moscow has helped protect the peace and avoid nuclear confrontation. But the popular image of a red telephone on the president's desk is actually a far cry from what the hotline really is.
In 1963, at the height of the Cold War, a hotline was set up to enable communication between the world's two biggest powers. First established by President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Khrushchev, it provided a vital link between the leaders of two nations.
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