Harland Sanders is born just outside Henryville, Indiana.
Harland Sanders holds a variety of jobs including: farm hand, streetcar conductor, army private in Cuba, blacksmith’s helper, railyard fireman, insurance salesman, tire salesman and service station operator for Standard Oil.
In the midst of the depression, Harland Sanders opens his first restaurant in the small front room of a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. Sanders serves as station operator, chief cook and cashier and names the dining area "Sanders Court & Café."
Kentucky Governor Ruby Laffoon makes Harland Sanders an honorary Kentucky Colonel in recognition of his contributions to the state’s cuisine.
The Sanders Court & Café adds a motel and expands the restaurant to 142 seats.
The Sanders Court & Café is first listed in Duncan Hines’ "Adventures in Good Eating."
Fire destroys The Sanders Court & Café, but it is rebuilt and reopened.
The pressure cooker is introduced. Soon thereafter Colonel Sanders begins using it to fry his chicken to give customers fresh chicken, faster.
Birthdate of the Original Recipe
Sanders marries Claudia Price.
The Colonel begins actively franchising his chicken business by traveling from town to town and cooking batches of chicken for restaurant owners and employees.
The Colonel awards Pete Harman of Salt Lake City with the first KFC franchise. A handshake agreement stipulates a payment of a nickel to Sanders for each chicken sold.
KFC opens its first restaurant in Canada. Today there are 761 KFCs in Canada.
An interstate highway is built to bypass Corbin, Kentucky. Sanders sells the service station on the same day that he receives his first social security check for $105. After paying debts owed, he is virtually broke. He decides to go on the road to sell his Secret Recipe to restaurants.
Kentucky Fried Chicken first sold in buckets
The Colonel’s hard work on the road begins to pay off and there are 190 KFC franchisees and 400 franchise units in the U.S. and Canada.
Kentucky Fried Chicken has more than 600 franchised outlets in the United States, Canada and the first overseas outlet, in England.
Sanders sells his interest in the U.S. company for $2 million to a group of investors headed by John Y. Brown Jr., future governor of Kentucky. The Colonel remains a public spokesman for the company.
Colonel Sanders receives the Horatio Alger Award from the American Schools and Colleges Association.
KFC opens its first restaurant in the UK. Today there are 783 KFCs in the UK.
The Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation goes public.
KFC opens its first restaurant in Australia. Today there are 593 KFCs in Australia.
The Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
More than 3,500 franchised and company-owned restaurants are in worldwide operation when Heublein Inc. acquires KFC Corporation.
An independent survey ranks the Colonel as the world’s second most recognizable celebrity.
Colonel Sanders speaks before a U.S. Congressional Committee on Aging.
KFC cooks up 2.7 billion pieces of chicken. There are approximately 6,000 KFC restaurants worldwide with sales of more than $2 billion.
Colonel Harland Sanders, who came to symbolize quality in the food industry, dies after being stricken with leukemia. Flags on all Kentucky state buildings fly at half-staff for four days.
Kentucky Fried Chicken becomes a subsidiary of R.J. Reynolds Industries, Inc. (now RJR Nabisco, Inc.) when Heublein, Inc. is acquired by Reynolds.
PepsiCo, Inc. acquires KFC from RJR Nabisco, Inc.
KFC opens its first restaurant in China. Today there are over 3000 KFCs in China.
PepsiCo, Inc. announces the spin-off of its quick service restaurants – KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut – into Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc.
Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc., the world’s largest restaurant company, changes its corporate name to YUM! Brands, Inc. In addition to KFC, the company owns A&W® All-American Food® Restaurants, Long John Silvers®, Pizza Hut® and Taco Bell® restaurants.
More than a billion of the Colonel’s "finger lickin’ good" chicken dinners are served annually in more than 80 countries and territories around the world.
KFC proudly introduces a new recipe that keeps the Colonel’s 11 herbs and spices and finger-lickin’ flavor, but contains Zero Grams of Trans Fat per serving thanks to new cooking oil.
The Colonel has a new look! KFC updates one of the most recognized, respected and beloved brand icons with a new logo. The new logo depicts Colonel Sanders with his signature string tie, but for the first time, replaces his classic white, double-breasted suit with a red apron. The apron symbolizes the home-style culinary heritage of the brand and reminds customers that KFC is always in the kitchen cooking delicious, high-quality, freshly prepared chicken by hand, just the way Colonel Sanders did 50 years ago.
KFC introduces Kentucky Grilled Chicken™ – a better-for-you option for health conscious consumers who love the flavor of KFC. Kentucky Grilled Chicken has less calories, fat and sodium than KFC’s Original Recipe® chicken, without sacrificing the great taste of KFC.
70 years of KFC Original Recipe Chicken.
Every day, more than 12 million customers are served at KFC restaurants in 109 countries and territories around the world. KFC operates more than 5,200 restaurants in the United States and more than 16,000 units around the world.