En español | Social Security was born 87 years ago this Sunday, in 1935, and over the subsequent decades it has matured into a vital source of inflation-adjusted income for retired and disabled workers, their dependents and their survivors. Today, the program pays benefits to more than 70 million Americans. Here's a timeline of significant events in the history of Social Security.
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Editor's note: This article was originally published Aug. 13, 2020. It has been updated with additional events.