1964: Hockey legend Tim Horton opens his first coffee and doughnut store in Hamilton, Ont. Only two varieties of doughnuts are served - Dutchies and apple fritters.
1967: Tim Hortons now has three stores. Former Hamilton police officer Ron Joyce becomes a full partner.
1974: Tim Horton, who played 17 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, dies in a car accident.
1975: Mr. Joyce buys out Mr. Horton's widow and becomes sole owner of the chain, which now has 40 stores.
1976: Timbits are introduced.
1983: Canada's first non-smoking Tim Hortons opens in Hamilton.
1985: Soup and chili are added to the menu.
1987: Tim Hortons opens its 300th store, in Calgary.
1991: Store 500 opens in Aylmer, Que.
1993: Sandwiches are introduced.
1995: Tim Hortons is acquired by Wendy's International Inc., hastening its expansion into the United States.
1996: Bagels are added to the mix.
2000: Tim Hortons opens its 2000th store, in Toronto.
2004: The Canadian Oxford dictionary is amended to include the phrase "double double" - the way two-cream, two-sugar coffee is ordered at Tim Hortons.
2006: Tim Hortons completes an initial public offering in March and is fully spun off as a separate company in September. The 3000th store opens in Orchard Park, New York.