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Key Moments in the History of Social Security

A look back at the evolution of this vital government program that dates back to 1935

collage of photos illustrating a few events and eras in the evolution of social security since it was signed in to law in 1935

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En español | Social Security was born 85 years ago this Friday, 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 nearly 69 million Americans. Here's a timeline of significant events in the history of Social Security.


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