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LEGO COMPANY TIME LINE

 

 

 

1891 – Ole Kirk Christiansen is born

 

1916 – Ole Kirk Christiansen purchases small woodshop in Billund Denmark.

 

1932 – Ole Kirk’s shop begins to manufacture wooden toys.

 

1934 – The LEGO Company name is created.

 

1939 – The lego Company has 10 employees

 

1942 – The LEGO factory burns to the ground.

 

1943 – The LEGO Company has about 40 employees.

 

1948 – The LEGO Company has about 50 employees.

 

1949 – Automatic Binding Bricks are first created.  At this time there are only four colors available.

 

1950 – Godtfred Kirk Christiansen is appointed Junior Vice President at the age of 30. 

 

1951 – The first film about the LEGO Company is shot.

 

1953 – The Automatic Binding Bricks name is changed to LEGO bricks.  The name LEGO is now printed inside all bricks.

 

1954 – The word LEGO is officially registered in Denmark.

 

1955 – LEGO System of Play is introduced.

 

1958 – Ole Kirk Christiansen passes away.  The company is passed down to his son Godtfred Kirk Christiansen. 

 

1961 – The LEGO Group introduces the wheel into production.

 

1966 – LEGO products are sold in over 42 countries.

 

1968 – LEGOLAND is opened in Billund Denmark.

 

1969 – DUPLO bricks are launched internationally.

 

1974 – LEGO Family Figurines are introduced.

1975 – LEGO Expert Series is introduced.

 

1977 – Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen (third generation) joins LEGO management group. 

 

1981 – First LEGO World Show is hosted in Denmark.

 

1984 – LEGO Castle Series is introduced.

 

1989 – LEGO Pirate line is introduced.

 

1990 – LEGO Group is one of the world’s 10 largest toy manufacturers.

 

1993 – LEGO kid’s wear is introduced.

 

1996 – www.lego.com is launched.

 

1998 – LEGO software is introduced.

 

1999 – LEGOLAND opens in Carlsbad, CA.  LEGO World Shop opens on the internet.

 

2000 – LEGO Group partners with Steven Spielberg

 

2001 – Bionicle Line is introduced.

 

2002 – LEGO Duplo is replaced with Let’s Explore brand. 

 

2003 – Clikits for girls are introduced.