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71 Years of Historic Pizza Milestones

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Despite what your delivery driver would like you to believe, most pizzas have a history of way more than 30 minutes.

To shed light on the cheesy middle-ground between frozen pies (taste-test here!) and the best independent shops, we've created a timeline that shows the opening date of every major pizza chain. Scroll down to take a trip through time from pizza's late '50s boom years (Little Caesars! Pizza Hut! Domino's!) to the birth of '80s babies like Papa John's and California Pizza Kitchen.

Then once you're done, commit these facts to memory for use in a free pizza joke that your delivery driver will think is... extra cheesy.

More: The Pizza Cleanse: Testing the benefits of eating only pizza for five days straight

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Take a closer look at the timeline on Thrillist.com!

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