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Michael Jackson The king of pop

  • Michael Jackson is born

    Michael Jackson is born
    The eighth of ten children in a working class family, Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana. His parents both have musical ambitions and set demanding expectations on their children for performing musically. Michael is beaten when he doesn't perform well enough.
  • Singing debut with his brothers, The Jackson Five

     Singing debut with his brothers, The Jackson Five
  • Michael joins the Jackson Brothers as a backup musician

    Michael joins the Jackson Brothers as a backup musician
    In 1965 Michael and his brother, Marlon, join their three other brothers, Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, in their band, the Jackson Brothers, as backup musicians who play the tambourine and the congas. They are later promoted to lead singers, and the group becomes the Jackson 5. They set records for getting their first four singles on the Billboard Top 100 charts, and Michael quickly becomes the lead star of the bunch.
  • Michael Jackson releases his first solo album, Got to Be There.

    Michael Jackson releases his first solo album, Got to Be There.
    Though still tied to the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson starts releasing his own solo albums, starting with Got to be There on January 24, 1972. This represents a shift from child star to teen heartthrob in Michael's career.
  • The Jackson 5 moves to Epic Records

    The Jackson 5 moves to Epic Records
    The Jackson 5 moves to work with Epic Records in June 1975, though Jermaine chooses to stay with Motown. Randy joins instead, and the band changes their name to the Jacksons.
  • Jackson stars as the Scarecrow in the movie, The Wiz

    Jackson stars as the Scarecrow in the movie, The Wiz
    Jackson stars as the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz remake, The Wiz, which comes out on October 24, 1978. It is a financial disaster. However, Jackson makes contact with Quincy Jones on the set, and he starts producing Jackson's next album, Off the Wall.
  • Jackson releases his solo album, Off the Wall

    Jackson releases his solo album, Off the Wall
    Quincy Jones co-produces Off the Wall with Jackson, which releases on August 10, 1979, and it is a hit that establishes Jackson as a solo performer. It is also a critical success, winning multiple AMA and Billboard awards.
  • Jackson releases Thriller

    Jackson releases Thriller
    In continued collaboration with Quincy Jones, Jackson releases Thriller on November 30, 1982. It becomes the bestselling album worldwide the next year, as well as the first album with seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles. It wins a plethora of awards, including Grammies for producing, best vocal pop, and best album of the year.
  • Jackson participates in the live Motown 25 special

    Jackson participates in the live Motown 25 special
    Aired on NBC, the live special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever reunites Jackson with the Jackson 5 on March 25, 1983. He is initially reluctant to be in the special because he is worried that he has been on television too much, but he negotiates a solo in exchange for his appearance. His solo performance of Billie Jean becomes iconic. He debuts his legendary moonwalk dance move on the performance.
  • Jackson releases the Thriller music video

    Jackson releases the Thriller music video
    On December 2, 1983, Jackson releases a fourteen-minute-long music video to accompany Thriller, which is directed by John Landis. It revolutionizes the genre and draws attention to the fledgling MTV.
  • Jackson's face gets burnt during filming for a Pepsi ad

    Jackson's face gets burnt during filming for a Pepsi ad
    The 25-year-old, later dubbed the ‘King of Pop’, was filming a staged concert performance for a new advertising campaign by Pepsi with members of his family, when sparks from a pyrotechnic explosion ignited his hair.
  • Jackson works with Lionel Richie to co-release We Are the World

    Jackson works with Lionel Richie to co-release We Are the World
    Jackson develops a name for himself in charity work. In particular, he works with Lionel Richie to co-release the hit single, We Are the World, to raise money for African famine relief. The single releases on March 8, 1985
  • Bad

    Bad
    release of "Bad," which sold 26 million copies and marked the end of his collaboration with Quincy Jones
  • Jackson purchases the land to build Neverland Ranch

    Jackson purchases the land to build Neverland Ranch
    After purchasing land near Santa Ynez, California in March 1988, Jackson builds his iconic home, Neverland Ranch. It includes a carousel, a Ferris Wheel, a small zoo, and a movie theater.
  • "Moonwalk"

     "Moonwalk"
    his autobiography "Moonwalk" comes out
  • Surgical mask

    Surgical mask
    Michael Jackson is seen for the first time wearing a surgical mask in public
  • Dangerous

    Dangerous
    Release of "Dangerous," which sold 22 million copies
  • Jackson has Vitiligo

    Jackson has Vitiligo
    Jackson tells Oprah Winfrey he has vitiligo, a skin disorder that destroys melanin and, in severe cases, can leave a victim devoid of skin color. He also reveals that his father emotionally abused him as a child
  • Michael Jackson Statement Live From Neverland

    Michael Jackson Statement Live From Neverland
    Michael adresses the first allegations in a very emotional speech. Please learn about the extortion that Evan Chandler put him through in this balanced link text
  • Police raid the Neverland Ranch

    Police raid the Neverland Ranch
    After accusations of child molestation by thirteen-year-old Jordan Chandler and his father, Evan Chandler, police raid Jackson's home with a search warrant obtained on August 21, 1993. They find incriminating photos of young boys, but since they are not illegal to own, Jackson is not indicted. He is later strip-searched by the police, and although Chandler's descriptions match him, he is not convicted.
  • Resolution...

    Resolution...
    Jackson settles the molestation case out of court. The boy is paid more than $15 million, to be held in trust until he is an adult. The parents of the boy receive $1.5 million each.
  • Jackson marries Lisa Marie Presley

    Jackson marries Lisa Marie Presley
    Jackson and Presley had been childhood friends years ago, but then reconnect and start a friendship over the phone. Presley offers emotional support to Jackson during his trial, and eventually they get married on May 26, 1994. The marriage lasts about two years.
  • Release of "HIStory" album

    Release of "HIStory" album
    Sony releases HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I. Janet Jackson performs a duet with her older brother on "Scream."
  • Marriage to Debbie Rowe

    Marriage to Debbie Rowe
    Jackson marries Debbie Rowe, a nurse
  • Cocker claims Jackson had attempted to imitate Christ

    Cocker claims Jackson had attempted to imitate Christ
    Jarvis Cocker of the British band Pulp accosts Jackson in mid-act at the BRIT Awards. Jackson was surrounded by children and a rabbi performing "Earth Song."
  • Prince Michael Jackson I

    Prince Michael Jackson I
    Rowe gives birth to a son, Prince Michael. Jackson is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson
    Rowe bears a girl, Paris Michael Katherine
  • Goodbye Neverland

    Goodbye Neverland
    Financial troubles force closure on the main house on the Neverland Ranch. Jackson agrees to a Sony-backed refinancing deal. Jackson makes his first public appearance since the Arvizo trial to accept eight records from the Guinness World Records in London, including "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time." In late 2006, Jackson agrees to share joint custody of his first two children with ex-wife Debbie Rowe.
  • Release of "Invincible"

    Release of "Invincible"
    Sony releases Invincible, which is panned by critics and does not sell well. Jackson battles a $21-million civil suit by a German concert promoter who says the singer backed out of two concerts and pocketed an advance
  • Racism

    Racism
    Jackson accuses record labels of exploiting artists, especially African-Americans
  • Balcony hotel scandal

    Balcony hotel scandal
    scandal after Jackson dangles his third son, nine-month-old Prince Michael II, from a Berlin hotel balcony
  • Once again in the court....

    Once again in the court....
    the singer's manager brings a 13-million-dollar lawsuit for back salary, which is settled out of court in June
  • "Living with Michael Jackson"

    "Living with Michael Jackson"
    In documentary "Living with Michael Jackson" broadcast on ITV, Jackson claims never to have abused a child, merely to have shared his bed
  • Numer Ones

    Numer Ones
    police raid Jackson's Neverland ranch in California as "Number Ones" album is released
  • Sad

    Sad
    warrant issued for Jackson's arrest on several counts of child molestation
  • Jackson is arrested

    Jackson is arrested
    Jackson is arrested and handcuffed after surrendering to police, held briefly then released on bail
  • "I'm innocent"

    "I'm innocent"
    he is formally charged with child molestation
  • The beginning of the end

    The beginning of the end
    Jackson pleads not guilty during his first appearance amid a media circus
  • Jackson's second child molestation trial begins

    Jackson's second child molestation trial begins
    After a documentary in which Jackson is filmed holding hands with a thirteen-year-old and talking about sleeping arrangements, Jackson is again accused of child molestation. He is put on trial for seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating substance in relation to the boy in the film. He is acquitted of all counts, and subsequently leaves the country.
  • Trial

    Trial
    Michael Jackson trial begins with jury selection
  • Veredict

    Veredict
    Jurors begin considering their verdict
  • Victory day

    Victory day
    Jackson acquitted on all charges against him
  • Thriller 25

    Thriller 25
    Jackson issues Thriller 25, celebrating 25 years of the iconic album. The reissue hits number one in eight countries and reached number two in the U.S. Sony releases King of Pop, a fan-curated compilation.
  • See you un july....

    See you un july....
    What began as a 10-night stand at London’s O2 Arena has exploded into a 50-concert affair as Michael Jackson added another 20 shows to his This Is It! run. As it stands, the 2009 concerts will end on September 29th, and then Jackson will return to the O2 on January 7, 2010 for at least 15 more shows, bringing the grand total to 50.
  • Jackson dies

    Jackson dies
    After struggling with money issues, Michael Jackson passes away due to intoxication following cardiac arrest in a rented mansion in Los Angeles. His personal physician is convicted of involuntary manslaughter and serves two years for his death. Jackson's death triggers unprecedented sales of his music.