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The very first McDonald's restaurant opens in San Bernardino, California

FM radio demonstrated to the FCC for the first time

Bugs Bunny makes his debut

Walt Disney's Fantasia

In 1940:

1940 Tom and Jerry

Tom and Jerry with the help of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera make their debut in Puss Gets the Boot

Inventions in 1940

32nd President: Franklin D. Roosevelt March 4th 1933 - April 12th 1945

1940 Chevrolet

Photo: Len Rizzi

The average house cost $7,211
Equivalent today: $112,458

The average car cost $850
Equivalent today: $13,256

The average wage was $1,286
Equivalent today: $20,056

1940 McDonalds

The first McDonalds but not the first Hamburger - the first printed American menu which listed hamburger was an 1826 menu from Delmonico's in New York

Photo: Morven

Photo: MGM