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  • 1950s

    • August 29, 1958: "Michael Joseph Jackson (29 August 1958 - 25 June 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • August 29, 1958: Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, the eighth of ten children to an African American working-class family, in Gary, Indiana, an industrial suburb of Chicago. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • August 29, 1958: Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, and entertainer. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
  • 1960s

    • 1964: Jackson made his debut in 1964 as lead singer and youngest member of The Jackson 5 alongside his brothers. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1964: He and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers – a band formed by brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1967: The Jackson 5 recorded several songs, including "Big Boy", for the local record label Steeltown in 1967, and signed with Motown Records in 1968. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
  • 1970s

    • 1970s: His changing appearance was noticed from the late 1970s onwards, as changes to his nose and skin color caused much media speculation. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1971: His solo career started in 1971 and featured ten studio albums, including the 1982 album Thriller, which sold more than 110 million copies and remains the best-selling album of all time. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1971: "The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1973: The group's sales began declining in 1973, and the band members chafed under Motown's strict refusal to allow them creative control or input. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1975: They had first met in 1975, during one of Jackson's family engagements at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and were reconnected through a mutual friend in early 1993. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • June, 1975: The Jackson 5 signed a new contract with CBS Records in June 1975, joining the Philadelphia International Records division, later Epic Records,[22] and renaming themselves The Jacksons. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1975: Although they scored several top 40 hits, including the top 5 disco single "Dancing Machine" and the top 20 hit "I Am Love", the Jackson 5 left Motown in 1975. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1978: Jackson appeared briefly in the 1978 TV special A Special Sesame Street Christmas, giving Oscar the Grouch a book about ghosts. - Michael Jackson, Muppet_wikia.
  • 1980s

    • 1980: "As we walked into the room There were facing staring, glaring, tearing through me, Someone said, 'Welcome to your doom,' Then they smiled with eyes that looked as if they knew me, This is scaring me." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1980: "All the colors of the world should be Loving each other wholeheartedly, Yes, it's alright, Take my message to your brother and tell him twice, Spread the word and try to teach the man Who's hating his brother when hate won't do, When we're all the same, 'Cause the blood inside me is inside of you." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • November 30, 1982: Thriller is released by superstar Michael Jackson and goes on to be greatest selling album of all time, with 104 million units sold worldwide - 1982 in music, Wikipedia.
    • February 17, 1983: "It was sort of frightening. He was so young. He didn't go out and play much. So if you want me to tell you the truth, I don't know where he got it. He just knew." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • February 17, 1983: "He was so energetic that at five years old, he was like a leader. We saw that. So we said, 'Hey, Michael, you be the lead guy.' The audience ate it up. He was into those James Brown things at the time, you know. The speed was the thing. He would see somebody do something, and he could do it right away." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • February 17, 1983: "In some ways Michael reminds me of the walking wounded. He's an extremely fragile person. I think that just getting on with life, making contact with people, is hard enough, much less to be worried about whither goest the world." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • February 17, 1983: "I wake up from dreams and go, 'Wow, put this down on paper.' The whole thing is strange. You hear the words, everything is right there in front of your face. And you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry, I just didn't write this. It's there already.' That's why I hate to take credit for the songs I've written. I feel that somewhere, someplace, it's been done and I'm just a courier bringing it into the world. I really believe that. I love what I do. I'm happy at what I do. It's escapism." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • January 27, 1984: Michael and other members of the Jacksons filmed a Pepsi Cola commercial, overseen by executive Philip Dusenberry,[41] at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • May 14, 1984: Jackson was invited to the White House to receive an award from President Ronald Reagan for his support of charities that helped people overcome alcohol and drug abuse. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1984: Jackson appeared onstage alongside his brothers for the first time since 1984. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1984: Unlike later albums, Thriller did not have an official tour to promote it, but the 1984 Victory Tour, headlined by The Jacksons, showcased much of Jackson's new solo material to more than two million Americans. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1984: Michael Jackson performed at Rich Stadium during the 1984 Victory Tour. - Ralph Wilson Stadium, Wikipedia.
    • 1985: ATV Music, a music publishing company owning thousands of music copyrights, including the Northern Songs catalogue that contained the majority of the Lennon/McCartney compositions recorded by The Beatles, was put up for sale. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1986: The tabloids ran a story claiming that Jackson slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to slow the aging process; he was pictured lying down in a glass box. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1986: Disneyland featured the film in its Tomorrowland area for nearly 11 years, while Walt Disney World screened the film in its EPCOT theme park from 1986 to 1994. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1987: "As he came into the window It was the sound of a crescendo He came in her apartment He left the blood stains on the carpet She ran underneath the table He could see she was unable So she ran into the bedroom She was struck down, it was her doom" - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1987: "Each Time The Wind Blows I Hear Your Voice So I Call Your Name. Whispers At Morning Our Love Is Dawning Heaven's Glad You Came." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1987: "A Summer's Disregard A Broken Bottle Top and A One Man's Soul They Follow Each Other On the Wind Ya' Know 'Cause They Got Nowhere to Go That's Why I Want You to Know" - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1987: "The way you make me feel, You really turn me on, You knock me off my feet, My lonely days are gone." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1987: "You'll never make me stay So take your weight off of me. I know your every move So won't you just let me be. I've been here times before But I was too blind to see That you seduce every man. This time you won't seduce me." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1987: "Annie, are you OK? Annie, are you OK? Are you OK, Annie? You've been hit by, you've been struck by A smooth criminal." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1987: "So, just leave me alone, Leave me alone, Leave me alone, Leave me alone, stop it, Just stop doggin' me around." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1987: "And the whole world has to answer right now, Just to tell you once again, 'Who's bad!'" - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1987: This is the first time a solo male artist has achieved this since Michael Jackson had six top twenty Hot 100 hits from his Dangerous album from 1991 and 8 top 20 hits from his Bad album from 1987 plus George Michael having six top five Hot 100 hits from his Faith album the same year. - Until the End of Time (Justin Timberlake song), Wikipedia.
    • 1987: Jackson disassociated himself from the Jehovah's Witnesses, in response to their disapproval of the Thriller video. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • September 12, 1987: The Bad World Tour began on September 12 that year, finishing on January 14, 1989. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • November 17, 1987: The Sony Corporation of America acquired CBS Records, which hosted such act as Michael Jackson, for US$2 billion. - Sony Music Entertainment, Wikipedia.
  • 1990s

    • February 11, 1990: Its debut was the highest debut for a single on the Hot 100 at the time of its release and the highest debut since Michael Jackson debuted at #20 the week of February 11, 1984 with "Thriller". - Rescue Me (Madonna song), Wikipedia.
    • 1991: He released his eighth album Dangerous in 1991. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1991: This is the first time a solo male artist has achieved this since Michael Jackson had six top twenty Hot 100 hits from his Dangerous album from 1991 and 8 top 20 hits from his Bad album from 1987 plus George Michael having six top five Hot 100 hits from his Faith album the same year. - Until the End of Time (Justin Timberlake song), Wikipedia.
    • November 26, 1991: Dangerous is the eighth studio album by Michael Jackson, released on November 26, 1991. - Dangerous (album), Wikipedia.
    • 1992: In the UK and other parts of Europe, "Heal the World" was the biggest hit from the album; it sold 450,000 copies in the UK and spent five weeks at number two in 1992. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1992: Jackson founded the "Heal the World Foundation" in 1992. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1992: The original Heal the World Foundation was a charitable organization founded by entertainer Michael Jackson in 1992. - Heal the World Foundation, Wikipedia.
    • January 31, 1993: Michael Jackson is the only singer to perform at the Super Bowl XXVII, where he performs a medley of hits, including "Jam", and "Billie Jean". - 1993 in television, Wikipedia.
    • February, 1993: Jackson gave a 90-minute interview to Oprah Winfrey in February 1993, his second television interview since 1979. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • February 10, 1993: Oprah Winfrey interviews Michael Jackson during a US television prime time special. - 1993 in music, Wikipedia.
    • 1993: Jackson performed the song at the Soul Train Awards in a chair, saying he had suffered an injury in rehearsals. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1993: He was accused of child sexual abuse, though no formal charges were brought. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1993: The song fights against the media, mainly for what the media made him out to be during his 1993 child abuse allegations. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1993: In the summer of 1993, Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse by a 13-year-old boy named Jordan Chandler and his father, Evan Chandler, a dentist. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1993: Jackson first spoke openly about his childhood abuse in an interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast on February 10, 1993 live from around the world. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • January 1, 1994: Jackson's insurance company settled with the Chandlers out of court for $22 million, after which Jordan stopped co-operating regarding criminal proceedings. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1995: "Some things in life they just don't wanna see But if Martin Luther was livin' He wouldn't let this be." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1995: In late 1995, Jackson was rushed to a hospital after collapsing during rehearsals for a televised performance; the incident was caused by a stress related panic attack. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1995: "People say I'm strange that way, 'Cause I love such elementary things, It's been my fate to compensate For the childhood I've never known." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1995: "What about sunrise, what about rain? What about all the things that you said we were to gain? What about flowering fields, is there a time? What about all the dreams that you said was yours and mine?" - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1995: "Your bash abusing victimize within the scheme, You try to cope with every lie they scrutinize, Oh, brother, please have mercy, 'Cause I just can't take it!" - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1995: Jackson merged his ATV Music catalog with Sony's publishing division creating Sony/ATV Music Publishing. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1995: "Stop pressuring me, just stop pressuring me, Stop pressuring me, Make me wanna scream." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • 1995: "Earth Song" was the third single released from HIStory, and topped the UK singles chart for six weeks over Christmas 1995; it sold a million copies, making it Jackson's most successful single in the UK. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1996: Forbes placed his annual income at $35 million in 1996 and $20 million in 1997. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • September 7, 1996: The tour began on September 7, 1996, and finished on October 15, 1997. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • February 13, 1997: Prince Michael Jackson 1 Son of pop singer Michael Jackson - February 13, Wikipedia.
    • 1997: Jackson released Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, which contained remixes of hit singles from HIStory and five new songs. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • November 14, 1997: During the Australian leg of the HIStory World Tour, Jackson married dermatology nurse Deborah Jeanne Rowe on November 14, 1996 in an impromptu ceremony close to his Sydney hotel room. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 1999: The couple divorced in 1999 but remained friends, and Rowe gave full custody of the children to Jackson. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
  • 2000s

    • 2000s: Jackson had expected the licenses to the masters of his albums to revert to him sometime in the early 2000s. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • September 11, 2001: In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Jackson helped organize the United We Stand: What More Can I Give benefit concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2001: Just before the album's release, a special 30th Anniversary celebration at Madison Square Garden occurred in September 2001 to mark the singer's 30th year as a solo artist. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • September 7, 2001: The following evening September 7, Spears had a duet with Michael Jackson at his "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration", The Solo Years concert in New York. - Britney (album), Wikipedia.
    • October 21, 2001: The concert was aired on October 21, 2001, and included performances from dozens of major artists, including Jackson, who performed his song "What More Can I Give" as the finale. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • October, 2001: Jackson released Invincible. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • October, 2001: In spite of the uproar preceding its release, Invincible came out in October 2001 to much anticipation. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • January 16, 2003: Prosecutors in California charge singer Michael Jackson with seven counts of child molestation and schedule hearings for January 16, 2004. - December 2003, Wikipedia.
    • 2003: Joseph acknowledged in 2003 that he regularly whipped Jackson as a child. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 2003: In an interview with Martin Bashir, later included in the 2003 broadcast of Living with Michael Jackson, Jackson acknowledged that his father hurt him when he was a child, but was nonetheless a "genius." When Bashir dismissed the positive remark and continued asking about beatings, Jackson put his hand over his face and objected to the questions. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • November 21, 2003: "I'm upset at the way he's being treated in the media. I think they're really trying to slander his name, and I really think that's unfair for the way that he's contributed to the American culture since the day he was born. I think he deserves much more than that." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • January, 2004: Michael Jackson The One is a DVD release of the CBS special that aired in January 2004. - The One (video), Wikipedia.
    • February 27, 2004: "I could never decide whether I wanted to be Michael Jackson or marry him. I don't care what people say about him now because he's a fucking genius. That's it - the end!" - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • February 13, 2004: "What I'm asking is whether this is still a country where a peculiar person such as Michael Jackson can get a fair shake and be considered innocent until proven guilty ... or is this just a 21st-century American barnyard where we all feel free to turn on the moonwalking rooster ... and peck it to death?" - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • September, 2004: It was alleged that, American rock singer Michael Jackson showed an interest in buying the property but eventually the house was bought by property tycoon Sir Stan Clarke before he died in September 2004, it is now a conference centre and venue for weddings. - Barton-under-Needwood, Wikipedia.
    • 2005: He was tried and acquitted of similar allegations. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2005: Michael Jackson has announced he will record and release a charity single dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. - September 2005, Wikipedia.
    • November 15, 2006: Bilan received award for Best Selling Russian Artist and performed at the World Music Awards in London along with Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Rihanna, Nelly Furtado and Bob Sinclair. - Dima Bilan, Wikipedia.
    • 2007: Worldwide sales stand at 6 million copies as of 2007, making it the best selling remix album ever released. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 2008: As of 2008, the album had sold 30 million copies worldwide. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 2009: "To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family and he will forever live in our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love, thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much. Thank you so much." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • June 25, 2009: Jackson died on June 25, 2009 from a drug overdose, amidst preparations for his This Is It concert series. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • June 25, 2009: The death of Michael Jackson on 25 June 2009 led to reactions from Ireland. - 2009 in Irish music, Wikipedia.
    • June 26, 2009: "I am so sadened by MJs death. I clung to those records throughout my childhood. A complete musical hero of mine. May he rest in peace." - Michael Jackson, Wikiquote.
    • August 30, 2009: Davis performed at a Michael Jackson dance tribute show on 30 August 2009. - Aidan Davis, Wikipedia.
    • September 3, 2009: American pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson is scheduled to be laid to rest at a private ceremony during a sunset service in a mausoleum at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, USA. - September 2009, Wikipedia.
    • December 22, 2009: Federal Bureau of Investigation releases more than 300 pages of previously classified documents belonging to pop icon Michael Jackson who died earlier in the year. - December 2009, Wikipedia.
  • 2010s

    • March 16, 2010: Sony Music Entertainment signed a record-breaking $250 million deal with Jackson's estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017 and release seven posthumous albums over the next decade. - Michael Jackson, Wikipedia.
    • 2014: His second major solo album Reality of Function in 2014 surpassed the Michael Jackson album Thriller as the best selling music record of all time. - User:Jochanhelix, Wikipedia.






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