The first Social Security check is issued, America launches its first satellite into orbit, McDonald's comes to Moscow, and "Avatar" hits the $2 billion mark, all on this day.
1940: The first monthly Social Security check is issued to Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vt. Fuller, a legal secretary who worked three years under the Social Security program before retiring in November 1939, received $22.54 in that first check.
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