March 2018

This Day in History… March 1, 1961

Creation of the Peace Corps 

US #3188f from the Celebrate the Century: 1960s sheet.

On March 1, 1961, the Peace Corps was established.

Long before Kennedy was president, he endorsed the idea of sending volunteers to other countries to give technical assistance and promote peace. As a congressman in 1951, he supported a plan to send college graduates to the Middle East to give “technical advice and assistance to the underprivileged.”

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