|23 Nov 1980
||Over 2500 people are killed when a 6.8 earthquake rocks the Campania and Basilicata regions of Italy.
|16 Oct 2000
||Protesters in 20 Italian cities splatter McDonald's windows with blood and hurl raw meat at police.
|13 Jan 2001
||Italian health officials declares that Cremonini, the exclusive beef supplier to McDonald's in Italy, had a cow suspected as being infected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
||McDonald's sues Italian food critic Edoardo Raspelli over an unfavorable review published in La Stampa. "The ambience was mechanical, the potatoes were obscene and tasting of cardboard, and the bread poor. I found it alienating and vulgar." The chain seeks $24.7 million in damages.