To which spunky American icon did Soviet leader Yuri Andropov compare Samantha Smith in his letter to her?

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d. Becky Thatcher

Samantha was 10 years old when she made the front page of newspapers around the world on Apr. 26, 1983 as they covered the letter that Andropov sent to her.

Samantha initiated the correspondence several months earlier to share her fears of nuclear war. When her first letter to Andropov went unanswered, she sent a followup to the Soviet ambassador to the U.S., asking him why she didn't get a response.

A week later, she got a phone call to let her know Andropov's letter was in the mail.







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