Samantha Smith

1972 - 1985

Samantha Smith

Samantha Reed Smith (June 29, 1972 – August 25, 1985) was an American schoolgirl, peace activist, and child actress from Manchester, Maine, who became famous during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1982, Smith wrote a letter to the newly appointed CPSU General Secretary Yuri Andropov, and received a personal reply with a personal invitation to visit the Soviet Union, which she accepted. Smith attracted extensive media attention in both countries as a "Goodwill Ambassador", becoming known as America's Youngest Ambassador and subsequently participating in peacemaking activities in Japan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samantha Smith has received more than 1,211,937 page views. Her biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 332nd most popular social activist.

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  • 45.68

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 43

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.82

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.86

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among social activists, Samantha Smith ranks 331 out of 426Before her are Leonard Peltier, Anna Louise Strong, Charu Majumdar, Kamala Nehru, Amal Clooney, and Osvaldo Hurtado. After her are Natalya Estemirova, Olga Lepeshinskaya, Romas Kalanta, Mumia Abu-Jamal, William Lloyd Garrison, and Yagan.

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Among people born in 1972, Samantha Smith ranks 97Before her are Afghan Girl, Nina Badrić, Victor Ponta, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Chiara Mastroianni, and Grégory Coupet. After her are Sarah Rafferty, Christophe Dugarry, Trine Dyrholm, Conchita Martínez, James Dashner, and Jason O'Mara. Among people deceased in 1985, Samantha Smith ranks 143Before her are Matt Monro, Richard Haydn, Augusto Hamann Rademaker Grünewald, Benjamin Markarian, Efrem Zimbalist, and Ana Mendieta. After her are Riccardo Bacchelli, John Holt, Carlos Spadaro, Harald Cramér, George London, and Ladislav Ženíšek.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Samantha Smith ranks 5,234 out of 12,171Before her are Sylvanus Morley (1883), Lisa Sheridan (1974), Don Felder (1947), Paul Dooley (1928), Angus Scrimm (1926), and Lewis Sheldon (1874). After her are Al Jardine (1942), Arthur MacArthur Jr. (1845), Gypsy Rose Lee (1911), Seán Patrick O'Malley (1944), Edward Platt (1916), and Archibald MacLeish (1892).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United States

Among social activists born in United States, Samantha Smith ranks 48Before her are Edna Parker (1893), Medgar Evers (1925), Lester R. Brown (1934), Eugene V. Debs (1855), Leonard Peltier (1944), and Anna Louise Strong (1885). After her are Mumia Abu-Jamal (1954), William Lloyd Garrison (1805), Marsha P. Johnson (1945), Lucy Parsons (1853), Otto Warmbier (1994), and Afeni Shakur (1947).

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