December 1982: Ten-year old Samantha Smith of Manchester, ME writes a letter to Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov to express her worry about the United States and The USSR getting into a nuclear war.
April 1983: Andropov replies to Samantha reassuring her that the Soviet Union wants no war with the United States. He invites her to visit the Soviet Union.
July 1983: Samantha, accompanied by her parents, leaves for a two-week trip to the Soviet Union. She visits Moscow, Leningrad, and the summer camp 'Artek'.
December 1983: Samantha goes on a 10-day trip to Japan, where she delivers a speech at the Children's International Symposium.
February 1985: An action-adventure television series featuring Samantha is announced. The show, starring Robert Wagner, is first called "J.G. Culver", then renamed "Lime Street."
August 25, 1985: Samantha, 13, and her father, Arthur Smith, are killed in a Bar Harbor Airlines crash near Auburn, ME.
October 1985: The Samantha Smith Foundation is established. It is a non-profit foundation fostering international understanding.
December 1986: A statue of Samantha is unveiled in front of the State Cultural Building. It shows Samantha releasing a dove, with a bear cub at her side.