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Quiz #2 - Answer


Oddly enough, the correct answer is both C. 1956 and D. 1961

In 1956, President Eisenhower signed into law a provision allowing early retirement at age 62--but only for women. In 1961, President Kennedy signed Amendents which extended this option to men as well.

Kennedy and 1961 law

President Kennedy signing the 1961 Amendments into law, June 30, 1961. Shown with the President are (left to right) Rep. Carl Albert (D-OK); Rep. Wilbur Mills (D-AR); Sen. John J. Williams (R-DE); Rep. Thomas J. O'Brien (D-IL); Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson; Sen. Robert S. Kerr (D-OK); Rep. John W. Byrnes (R-WI); Abraham Ribicoff, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare; and Wilbur J. Cohen, Assistant Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. SSA History Archives.


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