The first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Illinois on April 15th, 1955, and the franchise went on to become a family favourite in the U.S.A. The first Canadian one opened in 1967. By the 1970s, McDonald’s restaurants were popping up in Europe as well, but Russian kids didn’t get to go to one until January 31st, 1990, when a McDonald’s Restaurant finally opened its doors in Moscow.
That McDonald’s had an impact on Canadian culture became evident to one of my history professor friends when he assigned an essay on the country’s first prime minister, John A. MacDonald, and some of his students complained that they couldn’t ‘find anything’ on him. They were apparently unaware the name has an alternative spelling.