Michael Jackson

  • Michael Jackson was born

    Michael Jackson was born
    Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958. He was born in Gary, Indiana, an industrial suburb of Chicago.
  • The Jackson 5

    The Jackson 5
    When he was eight, Jackson began sharing the lead vocals with his older brother Jermaine in the family group The Jackson 5.
  • The Wiz

    The Wiz
    Michael starred as the scarecrow in the musical, The Wiz with Diana Ross.
  • Off the Wall

    Off the Wall
    Michael worked with producer Quincy Jones to produce his solo album, Off the Wall. Released in 1979, it was the first album to generate four U.S. top 10 hits.
  • Thriller

    Jackson released thebiggest album of his career, Thriller. It is the best-selling album of all time in the United States, as well as the best-selling album of all time worldwide.
  • Motown's 25th Anniversary

    Motown's 25th Anniversary
    Jackson reunited with his brothers for a legendary live performance which was taped for a Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special. It is best remembered for Jackson's solo performance of "Billie Jean". Wearing a distinctive black sequin jacket and golf glove decorated with rhinestones, he debuted his signature dance move, the moonwalk.
  • Pepsi Commercial

    Pepsi Commercial
    Michael and other members of the Jacksons filmed a Pepsi Cola commercial. While shooting the commercial, pyrotechnics accidentally set Jackson's hair on fire.
  • We are the World

    We are the World
    Michael co-wrote the charity single "We Are the World" in 1985 with Lionel Richie, which was released worldwide to aid the poor in the U.S. and Africa. It became one of the best-selling singles of all time.
  • Neverland Ranch

    Neverland Ranch
    In March 1988, Jackson purchased land near Santa Ynez, California to build Neverland Ranch at a cost of $17 million. He installed Ferris wheels, a menagerie, and a movie theater on the property.
  • First Marriage

    First Marriage
    In May 1994, Jackson married singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley. The marriage lasted less than two years.
  • Second Marriage and Children

    Second Marriage and Children
    Jackson married nurse Deborah Jeanne Rowe on November 14, 1996. She gave birth to Michael's first two children: a son named Michael Joseph Jr ( known as Prince), and a daughter, Paris-Michael Katherine.
  • Final Tour Announcement

    Final Tour Announcement
    In March 2009, Jackson held a press conference in London announcing a series of comeback concerts titled "This Is It." The shows would be Jackson's first major series of concerts since 1997.
  • Michael Jackson died

    Michael Jackson died
    Michael Jackson died at the age of 50 years old.