_1954 _ David Edgerton opens Insta Burger King in Miami, selling 18-cent fire-grilled hamburgers and 18-cent milkshakes. Three months later, Jim McLamore matches Edgerton's capital and the co-founders form a corporation called Burger King of Miami Inc.
_1963 _ South Florida Restaurants Inc. changes its name to Burger King Corp.
_1967 _ The Pillsbury Co. acquires Burger King Corp. for $18 million. There are 274 restaurants in operation with a total of 8,000 employees.
_1988 _ Grand Metropolitan PLC acquires The Pillsbury Co. and its subsidiaries, including Burger King, for $5.79 billion.
_1997 _ Grand Metropolitan merges with Guinness to create a new company, Diageo PLC.
_2000 _ Diageo announces its intention to spin off Burger King Corp. from its portfolio.
_2002 _ A group comprised of Texas Pacific Group, Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners buys Burger King for $1.5 billion.
_2006 _ Burger King goes public.
_2010 _ Burger King is acquired by 3G Capital and taken private. The new owners begin a yearlong process of reviving the ailing business with new menu items and remodeled stores.
_2012 _ Burger King announces plans to go public again after 3G Capital sells a 29 percent stake in the hamburger chain for $1.4 billion in cash to Justice Holdings LTD, a U.K.-based entity specifically set up by investors to buy a company.