Daily Archives: April 25, 2013

10-year-old American girl receives reply from Soviet leader Andropov about her concerns of nuclear war 30 years ago today (1983)

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(Monday, April 25, 1983; during the Cold War) — 10-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, received a reply today from Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov to a letter she’d written expressing concern about possible nuclear war. Andropov reassured Samantha that the Soviet Union did not want war, and he invited her to visit his country, a trip Samantha made the following July.

Ehrlichman warns Nixon of impeachment if Dean is “totally out of control” 40 years ago this hour (1973)

Video: Apr. 25, 1973 (at 6:26)

(Wednesday, April 25, 1973, 11:06 a.m. EST; during the Watergate scandal) — “If (White House Counsel John) Dean (who is currently talking to prosecutors) is totally out of control,” Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs John Ehrlichman told U.S. President Richard Nixon today, “you could get an article of impeachment.” White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman later remembered that Nixon looked stunned.