Today In History- April 15

Today In History- April 15


Ray Kroc opens his first franchise of McDonald's restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois.

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1st McDonald's opens in Illinois and starts franchise phenomenon.

  • Des Plaines, Illinois

The beginning of the most successful restaurant chain in history, Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald's restaurant on Apr. 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois.  The practice of preparation implemented by Kroc became commonplace in similar fast food establishments to follow.  As a result, fast food became a popular American innovation, with McDonald's leading the way in success.

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