1893At the direction of Bertha Palmer, the first American “brownie” is created in The Palmer House Hilton kitchen. It is served at the Columbian Exposition World Fair. 1919Conrad Hiltonenters the hotel business in Cisco, Texas. On his way to buy a bank, Hilton purchases The Mobley, a local hotel, instead. 1925The first hotel formally named a Hilton opens in Dallas, Texas. Elevators, laundry shoots, air shafts and other non-customer facilities are built along the west side of the building so no guest rooms face the western sun. The setting sun can be brutal in summer time Dallas, especially before air-conditioning existed. 1927Hilton opens its first hotel with cold running water and air- conditioning in the public rooms(Waco Hilton, U.S.A.). 1943Hilton becomes the first coast-to-coast hotel chain in the United States with the purchase of two hotels in New York City: the Roosevelt and the Plaza. 1946Hilton Hotels Corporation is formed and listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:HLT), thefirst hotel company to be listed on the stock exchange. 1947The Roosevelt Hilton in New York City becomes thefirst hotel in the world to install televisions in guest rooms 1948Hilton becomes the first hotel company to introduce a multi-hotel reservations system, the Inter-Hilton Hotel Reservation System, August 15. This is the beginning of the modern day reservation system.The first serious Hilton general managers meeting is held at the Stevens Hotel (now Hilton Chicago) December 16-18. This is the first organizational attempt to introduce company wide policies.Hilton Hotels continues to lead in the adaptation of business and industrial methods of hotel operations and begins the first food and beverage pre-costing system. The new system is adopted with great success in the Stevens Hotel (now Hilton Chicago)l in Chicago and is extended to The Palmer House Hilton and other units of the Hilton group, revolutionizing both the hotel and restaurant industries.Hilton Hotels Corp. merges the various credit records and cards from its separate hotels into one uniform system. The first uniform credit card that can be used at any Hilton Hotels property is mailed to the previous 175,000 plus cardholders. 1949Hilton International is born when Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico, the first Hilton outside the U.S. opens.Conrad Hilton becomes thefirst hotelier to appear on the cover of Time magazine December 12. He later becomes the first hotelier to make Time’s cover twicewhen he appears in the July 19, 1963 issue. 1950The Stevens Hotel (now Hilton Chicago) creates its first special amenity for female travelers – a folder containing “social note paper,” a sewing kit and a booklet with names and telephone numbers for baby sitters, places to get a dress patched or ironed and gift shops. Many male travelers take these hotel kits home to their wives as gifts.The film "Born Yesterday" starring Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford and William Holden films at Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C 1953Conrad Hilton delivers a speech at The Palmer House Hilton November 13, before the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults, entitled “Hiring the Handicapped Pays!” This prescient speech is given thirty-seven years before the Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990. 1954Piña Colada is born at Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico.Conrad Hilton addresses the American Hotel Association Conference in New York City November 5 and declares "it is our responsibility to fill the Earth with the light and warmth of hospitality. 1955HILCRON — Hilton creates its first central reservation office. Reservations can be made at any domestic or international Hilton hotel and by telephone, teletype and telegram.Hilton begins a multi-million dollar program to air condition every hotel in the Hilton chain.Hilton Istanbul, a development involving Hilton, the U.S. Department of State and Turkish government, opens in June. It is the first modern hotel built from the...
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