McDonald’s began in 1940 when Richard and Maurice McDonald opened a restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
In 1948, they introduced the Speedee Service System which was the beginning of “fast food”.
In 1955, Ray Kroc opened the 9th location (a franchise). Kroc would later purchase the company from the brothers.
In 1965, the company went public.
In 1967, Ronald McDonald was created as the company mascot.
Today, the company is the world’s largest hamburger chain. There are over 33,000 locations in 119 countries worldwide. The McDonald’s corporate office is located in Oak Brook, Illinois.