McDonald Corporation set up its first franchisee restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, on 15th April 1955. The date is regarded as the founding of the company.
FYI, the first McDonald restaurant opened on 15th May 1940 in San Bernardino, California.
The email message in which Marc Andreessen announced the release of NCSA X Mosaic browser hasn't been lost in time. It still exists! Though there were other web browser before it, Mosaic is generally credited to have made the "WWW explosion". [more...]