Birth Of ‘Mickey D’


On Wednesday, May 15, 1940, brothers Richard and Maurice “Mac” McDonald opened the first McDonald’s restaurant in San Bernardino, California, as a barbecue restaurant.  In 1948 they reorganized their business as a hamburger stand, using production-line principles.  Businessman Ray Kroc joined the company as a franchise agent in 1955. He subsequently purchased the chain from the McDonald brothers and oversaw its worldwide growth.  Above: the original McDonald’s hamburger restaurant.

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