Timelines
Social Security

  • 1912
    A Call For 'Old-Age' Benefit In U.S.

  • 1935
    Roosevelt Signs Social Security Act

  • 1936
    35 Million Cards Issued

  • 1939
    List Of Eligible Recipients Expanded

  • 1940
    First Retirement Check Received

  • 1950
    Benefits Coverage Expanded
    Cost-Of-Living Adjustments Approved

  • 1961
    Early Retirement Option Offered

  • 1965
    Medicare Program Created

  • 1980
    Initial Warnings Of Insolvency

  • 2000
    Uncertain Future For Social Security