On Oct. 14, 1960, future-President John F. Kennedy proposed what would become the Peace Corps in a speech at the University of Michigan. He arrived at 2 a.m. and was greeted by throngs of students at the Michigan Union.
The President didn’t have a speech prepared, but talked about the need for young people to give something back to their country by working with the Foreign Service. Although he didn’t name the Peace Corps, the speech is credited as the genesis of the idea.
Source: Michigan Every Day