For those keeping score, here is more data on ‘who’s first?’
On January 14, 1960, Congressman Henry Reuss (D. Wis) introduced a bill for a study of a “Point Four Youth Corps” plan. It is passed.
On June 15, 1960, Senator Hubrt Humphrey (D. Minn) introduces a bill calling for establishment of a “Peace Corps.” It is not passed.
On June 24, 1961, Colombia I begins Training.
On August 30, 1961, The first group of Peace Corps Volunteers departs for Ghana. The 51 Volunteers are serving as secondary school teachers.
On September 12, 1961, Tom Livingston from Woodale, Illinois became the first Peace Corps Volunteer when he took up his post as an English teacher at a secondary school in Dodowa, Ghana.
On September 22, 1961, Congress formally approves the Peace Corps by passing an act.
On November 11, 1961, First marriage between Peace Corps Volunteers: Carol Armstrong and Roger Hamilton in Accra, Ghana.
The first three Volunteers to die overseas were David Crozier and Lawrence Radley in a plane crash in Columbia and David Mulholland of a liver abscess in the Philippines in 1962.
In March, 1964, the Pleace Corps leaves a country for the first time: Cyprus because of fighting between Greece and Turkey.
From March 5-7, 1965, the first national Returned Volunteer Conference held in Washington, D.C.
In 1966, th Peace Corps fielded more volunteers and trainees–a total of 15,565–than it did during any other years.
On November 10, 1977, Carolyn Payton confirmed as Peace Corps Director, the first woman to hold the post.
In November 1978, the first RPCV is elected to the U.S. Senate: Paul Tsongas (D. Mass), a PCV in Ethiopia 1962-64.