Colonel Sanders - Fail before success

Timeline created by jackdalton10
  • Colonel Sanders Born

    Born in Henryville, Indiana, U.S.
  • Wilbur Sanders Dies

    Colonel Sanders father passes away
  • Jobs

    Sanders worked many jobs including fireman, tire salesman, insurance salesman, and of course, a cook.
  • Sanders starts his own Service station

    Sanders cooked chicken dishes and other meals for people who stopped at his service station in Corbin, Kentucky.
  • Sander's Cafe Built

    Sander's Cafe Built
    By 1937, Sanders had built Sanders' Cafe, which seated 142 customers. At this restaurant, fried chicken was the easily most popular dish on the menu.
  • Sander's Cafe destroyed by Fire

    Sander's Cafe destroyed by Fire
    Fire destroyed the café, which was rebuilt as both a restaurant and motel. For many years, the restaurant and motel served as a popular stop for travellers driving along what was then the major north-south route.
  • Created his secret recipe

    He created his secret chicken recipe between and figured out how to pressure fry the chicken in a faster and more consistent way. He was at the age of 50 when that happened
  • Restaurant and motel shuts down

    Due to the war fuel was rationed and tourism dried up.
  • Colonel Sanders marries Claudia Price

  • Rejection

    Sanders set out with a $105 social security check in hand to pitch his chicken recipe to restaurants. 1,009 folks told him he was crazy, but he didn’t give up
  • First Kentucky Fried Chicken restraunt

    First Kentucky Fried Chicken restraunt
    The first restaurant the chicken landed in was based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, which became the first Kentucky Fried Chicken. The restaurant tripled its sales within a year where 75% of that revenue was from the colonel’s chicken.
  • New style

    New style
    Around 1950, Sanders began developing his distinctive appearance, growing his trademark mustache and goatee with a white suit and black bowtie.
  • Sells KFC

    In 1964, at the age of 74 years old, Sanders sold the company for $2 million dollars to a group of investors. He retained the rights to the franchises and stayed on as a salaried goodwill ambassador to the company.
  • Death

    He passed away in a Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky of pneumonia on December 16, 1980 at the age of 90.