Five Things You Need to Know Today: April 25
Today is National Administrative Professionals Day. What does yours mean to you? There also is a free movie today, which is the anniversary of an interesting Cold War letter.
Good morning, Hampton and North Hampton. Here are five things you need to know for Wednesday, April 25:
1. Happy National Administrative Professionals Day: Thank your secretaries, assistants and office helpers today for all their hard work. Their efforts are definitely not lost on Patch, as we talk with many, many secretaries every day.
What does yours mean to you? Post a thank you in the comments!
2. Today’s Featured Fun: Today is the monthly Ladies' Night Out at Lane Memorial Library, so head on over at 5:15 p.m. for snacks and a free showing of "The Bodyguard," starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.
Also, the library is also holding a drop-in April vacation storytime for children at 10 a.m. The children's room also has a guessing jar this week, and children are invited to try and guess how many items are in the jar. The individual with the closest guess will be announced on Monday, and that individual will win all of the items in the jar.
3. What Else Is Happening Today? The Hampton Recreation Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Manager's Conference Room, and the Hampton Cable Committee will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
Also, Wild Orchid Baking Company pastry chef Erin Gardner is scheduled to be on the Food Network competition show "Sweet Genius" at 10 p.m. Thursday. We're working on a story about Gardner, so be sure to look for it today.
4. This Day in History: On this day in 1983, the Soviet Union released a letter that Russian leader Yuri Andropov wrote to Samantha Smith, an American fifth-grader from Manchester, Maine, inviting her to visit his country.
Andropov's letter came in response to a note Smith had sent him in December 1982, asking if the Soviets were planning to start a nuclear war. At the time, the United States and Soviet Union were Cold War enemies.
Andropov's letter said that Russian people wanted to "live in peace, to trade and cooperate with all our neighbors on the globe, no matter how close or far away they are, and, certainly, with such a great country as the United States of America."
In response to Smith's question about whether the Soviet Union wished to prevent nuclear war, Andropov declared, "Yes, Samantha, we in the Soviet Union are endeavoring and doing everything so that there will be no war between our two countries, so that there will be no war at all on earth."
Smith, born June 29, 1972, became an international celebrity and wrote a book after accepting Andropov's invitation and flying to the Soviet Union with her parents. In February 1984, Yuri Andropov died from kidney failure and was succeeded by Konstantin Chernenko. The following year, in August 1985, Samantha Smith died tragically in a plane crash at age 13.
Also, "Robinson Crusoe" was published on this day in 1719, President Harry S. Truman inaugurated the White House bowling alley on this day in 1947, the Toronto Maple Leafs won their third Stanley Cup in a row on this day in 1964, and the Hubble Space Telescope was place in orbit on this day in 1990.
5. Today's Forecast: There's a 30-percent chance of showers today, mainly between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The rest of the day should have increasing clouds and a high near 58 degrees.
Tonight should be mostly cloudy, with a low around 39 degrees.