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六十年前， 桑德斯上校(Colonel Harland Sanders)研发出由十一种香料组合而成的独家炸鸡配方，后来则发展成现在的肯德基。 肯德基遍布全球八十余个国家，目前拥有超过九千六百家店。在这个地球上，每天都有一家肯德基开幕。不论是在中国大陆的长城或是巴黎繁忙的市中心、从保加利亚风光明媚的苏菲亚市中心以至阳光满布的波多黎各街道，处处都可见到以桑德斯上校熟悉的脸孔为招牌的肯德基餐厅。
history of KFC
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 & Caf?"
Kentucky Governor Ruby Laffoon makes Harland Sanders an honorary Kentucky Colonel in recognition of his contributions to the state's cuisine.
The Sanders Court & Caf?adds a motel and expands the restaurant to 142 seats.
The Sanders Court & Caf?is first listed in Duncan Hines' "Adventures in Good Eating."
Fire destroys The Sanders Court & Caf? 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 fro m 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.
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 fro m the American Schools and Colleges Association.
The Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation goes public.
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 fro m RJR Nabisco, Inc.
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.
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