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Samantha Smith
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    (June 29, 1972-August 25, 1985)
    At age 10, she wrote a letter to Soviet Union leader Yuri Andropov and was invited to the Soviet Union (1983)
    U.S.S.R. issued a stamp in her honor, named a diamond, a flower, a mountain, and a planet after her
    Home state of Maine erected a statue in her honor
    She died too young.
    When she was 13 years old, she and her father perished in a plane crash (August, 1985).
    She wrote: 'Dear Mr. Andropov,
    My name is Samantha Smith. I am ten years old.
    Congratulations on your new job.
    I have been worrying about Russia and the United States getting into a nuclear war.
    Are you going to vote to have a war or not?
    If you aren't please tell me how you are going to help to not have a war.
    This question you do not have to answer, but I would like to know why you want to conquer the world or at least our country.
    God made the world for us to live together in peace and not to fight.
    Sincerely,
    Samantha Smith'
    Yuri Andropov responded to her letter saying she was 'courageous and honest,' and the Soviet Union was 'trying to do everything so that there will not be war between our countries.'
    He invited her to tour the Soviet Union, which she did (July, 1983).
    On her return to the United States she offered this advice: 'Sometimes I still worry that the next day will be the last day of the Earth, but with more people thinking about the problems of the world, I hope that someday soon we will find the way to world peace.
    Maybe someone will show us the way.'
    Her mother established a foundation in her name that promotes friendship among children of all nationalities.
    Asteroid #3147 was named in her honor.
    A diamond, a mountain, a primary school in Maine, and a cultivar of roses and tulips were also named after her
    In 2018, Out of 20 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 6 Votes: 16.67% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 25 Votes: 52.00% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 26 Votes: 42.31% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 16 Votes: 31.25% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 92 Votes: 61.96% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 40 Votes: 42.50% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 42 Votes: 38.10% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 62 Votes: 32.26% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 232 Votes: 43.97% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 226 Votes: 40.71% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 540 Votes: 42.04% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 909 Votes: 41.14% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 1156 Votes: 42.56% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 1831 Votes: 37.41% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 4567 Votes: 43.09% Annoying
 
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