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.
May 2002 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.

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