San Bernardino, California
In 1940, brothers Dick and Mac McDonald open McDonald's, a barbeque drive-in with carhop service. The restaurant goes through a concept change in 1948. The Golden Arches are introduced in 1952.
Santa Barbara, California - 1975
McDonald's gets into breakfast when the Egg McMuffin is added to the national menu. It was developed by an owner/operator named Herb Peterson.
Phoenix, Arizona - 1953
The McDonald brothers sell their first franchise to gasoline businessman Neil Fox for $1,000.
Sierra Vista, Arizona - 1975
McDonald’s opens its first drive-thru. It was introduced to cater to soldiers from Fort Huachuca, who weren't permitted to get out of their cars while in fatigues at the time.
Des Plaines, Illinois - 1955
After obtaining the right to franchise the restaurant, Ray Kroc founds the McDonalds Corporation in 1955, and opens his first McDonald's. He also sells 18 franchises the first year.
Denver, Colorado - 1962
The first indoor seating McDonald’s opens.
In 1963, the Filet-O-Fish is introduced (not national until 1965). It was created by franchisee Lou Groen, who wanted to build volume in a predominately Roman Catholic community.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 1967
Testing begins in the on the Big Mac ). Developed by franchisee Jim Delligatti, it would go national in 1968.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1974
The first Ronald McDonald House opens. The idea behind the houses is to create a communal space where families with sick kids could stay together.
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin - 1959
McDonald's opens its 100th restaurant.
Knoxville, Tennessee - 1968
Developed by franchisee Litton Cochran, the Hot Apple Pie is introduced.
St. Louis, Missouri
Testing begins on the Happy Meal in 1977. It goes national in 1979.
Dale City, Virginia - 1988
The 10,000th McDonald's restaurant opens.
Delivery is introduced in 1993 with a test run in Virginia. Today, McDelivery occurs in over 25 countries.
Rio de Janiero, Brazil -1979
The first McDonald's opens in South America.
Grenoble, France - 1968
McDonald's starts sends hamburgers to homesick Olympic athletes, unofficially beginning its Olympic sponsorship.
Munich, Germany - 2003
The first global ad campaign for the company (“I’m Lovin’ It”) is launched.
Warsaw, Poland - 1992
In 1992, the opening of a Warsaw, Poland restaurant breaks company opening day sales records (later topped by a Moscow opening).
Vejle, Denmark - 2003
McDonald’s first hydroflurocarbon (HFC)-free restaurant is opened.
Valencia, Spain - 1990
McDonald's first Chalet Restaurant celebrates its opening.
Kanagawa, Japan - 1978
McDonald's no. 5,000 opens.
Tokyo, Japan - 2001
McDonald's makes its first initial public offering outside the United States in 2001 when McDonald's Co. Japan is listed on the Nasdaq exchange.
Sydney, Australia - 1971
The first McDonald's opens in Australia.
In 2013, McDonald's Australia formally adopts its Australian nickname "Macca".
Africa - 1992
The first McDonald's opens in Africa.
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada- 1967
The first international McDonald's opens.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada - 1976
McDonald's becomes an official Olympic sponsor.
Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada - 1995
The McFlurry is first introduced. It would be introducted to the U.S. market in 1998
Astana, Kazakhstan - 2015
McDonald's announces plans to enter Kazakhstan in 2015, which represents McDonald’s 120th global market overall.
Moscow, Russia - 1990
McDonald's opens first Russian restaurant in Pushkin Square.
Belgorod, Russia - 2015
In 2015, McDonald's permanently closes a restaurant in Russia for the first time in its 25-year history.
Torino, Italy - 2006
Nutritional information is added to packaging, starting during the Winter Olympics in Torino.