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1965

As a Yale undergraduate, Fred Smith writes a term paper outlining a system to accommodate urgent, time-sensitive shipments.  He receives an average grade.

1973

On the first night of continuous operation, 389 Federal Express team members and 14 Dassault Falcon jets deliver186 packages overnight to 25 U.S. cities.

1975

Federal Express installs its first drop box.

1977

Federal Express purchases seven Boeing 727 aircraft, each with a cargo capacity of 40,000 pounds - almost seven times that of the Dassault Falcon.

1981

Federal Express introduces the Overnight Letter.

1986

Federal Express introduces the SuperTracker, a hand-held bar code scanner system that captures detailed package information.

1994

Federal Express officially adopts "FedEx" as its brand.  The company is recognized as the worldwide standard for fast, reliable service.

2000

After the movie Cast Away was released, Wilson the volleyball was sold at auction to ex-FedEx Office CEO Ken May for $18,500.

2004

FedEx Corp. acquires Kinko's and expands FedEx retail access to all 1,200-plus Kinko's stores - which are re-branded Fed Ex Kinko's Office and Print Centers.

2016

FedEx acquires TNT Express - the largest acquisition in FedEx history - expanding access in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas.

Hold on tight to Wilson as we sail the waters into the history of FedEx (FDX - Get Report) .

It all started in 1965 when Fred Smith, a Yale undergraduate, wrote a term paper outlining a system to accommodate urgent, time-sensitive shipments. 

On the first night of continuous operation, in 1973, 389 Federal Express team members and 14 Dassault Falcon jets deliver186 packages overnight to 25 U.S. cities.

Then, in 1977, Federal Express purchases seven Boeing 727 aircraft, each with a cargo capacity of 40,000 pounds - almost seven times that of the Dassault Falcon.

Federal Express officially adopts "FedEx" as its brand in 1994. The company is recognized as the worldwide standard for fast, reliable service.

After the movie Cast Away was released, Wilson the volleyball was sold at auction to ex-FedEx Office CEO Ken May for $18,500 in 2000.

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