Timeline Description: McDonald's has become an icon of American fast food. It is now internationally known, with thousands of restaurants in various countries around the world.
|1940||The first McDonald's restaurant
Dick and Mac McDonald were brothers who opened their first restaurant. It was named McDonald's Bar-B-Q, and it was a drive-in with car hop service.
|1948||A few changes to the restaurant
After several years in business, the McDonald brothers decided it was time for a change. They shut down the restaurant for renovations, reopened as simply McDonald's without the Bar-B-Q, and served hamburgers and cheeseburgers instead.
|1949||French fries and milkshakes
After a year of serving their new menu, the brothers added a couple of items. Instead of potato chips they served French fries, and they also added milkshakes.
|1954||A new vision
The brothers continued happily for a few years, but their vision evolved into a wish for their restaurant to grow. They met a salesman named Ray Kroc, who would help them grow the business.
|1955||The first new location opens
After only a few months Ray Kroc opened the first new location for the McDonald brothers. It featured the now-famous golden arches.
|1958||One hundred million burgers
McDonald's popularity skyrocketed. In just a few years running they had sold their one hundred millionth burger, and before long they would have over 700 stores.
When McDonald's restaurants first opened, they were drive-ins that featured car hops. In 1962, the first store with indoor seating was opened.
|1965||Public stock trading
At the mark of their 10 year anniversary, McDonald's opened their stock to the public. They offered shares for $22.50.
|1966||McDonald's on TV
Ronald McDonald the clown made his television debut in McDonald's very first TV commercial. He was an instant hit, and even walked in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
|1967||The first international store
After the popularity in America, McDonald's opened its first international stores. Stores were opened in Canada and Puerto Rico.
|1974||The Ronald McDonald House charity opens
Fred Hill, a Philadelphia Eagle's football player, found himself living at the hospital while his son underwent cancer treatment. McDonald's stepped in and opened the first Ronald McDonald House to help families in similar situations.
|1975||A breakfast menu is introduced
After years of serving hamburgers, McDonald's felt it was time to expand. They began serving the Egg McMuffin.
|1979||The Happy Meal
The first Happy Meals debuted with a bang. They featured circus themed boxes and toys.
McDonald's introduced World Children's Day on November 20, 2002. The day would be celebrated as a yearly fundraiser to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, and has raised over $170 million to date!
|2005||Fifty years of service
On April 15, McDonald's celebrated their fiftieth anniversary of serving customers. Their popularity is still evident today.