In Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Esther Scruse and Joseph Walter Jackson.
Michael becomes a member of the Jackson 5
With his brothers Tito, Jackie, Jermaine, and Marlon. He is lead singer. Their father, Joe, is their manager. There first playing gig is at a place called Mr. Lucky's.
The Jackson 5 won an important local talent competition
The Jackson 5 was introduced to the music industry
"I Want You Back," hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Jackson 5 release the album ABC
Jackson 5 release third album Third ALbum.
Jackson 5 release Christmas Album.
April 12, 1971: Jackson 5 release Maybe Tomorrow
Jackson 5 release Going Back to Indiana.
Releases his first solo single "Got To Be There."
Jackson 5 releases Greatest Hits
Jan. 24, 1972: Michael Jackson releases his debut album Got To Be There.
Michael Jackson first solo number one hit to a movie rat titled "Ben."
Michael Jackon releases third album Music & Me.
Jackson 5 releases Skywriter.
Jackson 5 releases Getting It Together.
Jackson 5 releases Dancing Machine.
Michael Jackson releases fourth album Forever, Michael.
Jackson 5 releases Moving Violation.
The Jackson 5 change their name to The Jacksons and get their own TV show.
Has movie debut as a scarecrow in The Wiz, an all-black remake of The Wizard of Oz.
During filming, rumor has it he would leave the set without removing his makeup.
His album Off the Wall, produced by Quincy Jones, launches him to superstar standing.
Sells over nineteen million copies worldwide.
Wins a Grammy for Best Vocal Performance with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."
Michael releases the Thriller album
Which sells over fifty million copies worldwide and solidifies him as the 80's king of pop.
Performs "Billy Jean" at the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Special and for the first time does the moonwalk, later to become his signature move.
During the filming of a Pepsi commercial, his hair catches fire.
He has serious injuries and is rumored to have plastic surgery done.
He gets his nose slightly narrowed.
Questions arise about Jackson's changing appearance, and some wonder if the singer has had plastic surgery.
Gets his star put on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He builds a home on 2,700 acres in Central California, complete with its own amusement park rides, and calls it Neverland.
Has another nose job and has permanent eyeliner tattooed above his eyes.
Jackson and Lionel Richie pen "We Are The World," with the proceeds from sales of the single slated for hunger relief in Africa.
Michael Jackson stars in Francis Ford Coppola's Captain EO.
Photos of him in a hyperbaric chamber are published in the National Enquirer.
Gets another nose job and all of a sudden has deep cheekbones and his skin has turned white.
Releases the album Bad which sells over eight million copies.
Supposedly tries to buy the "Elephant Man"s (John Merrick) skeleton for a reported one million dollars.
Jackson, moves to the Neverland Valley Ranch in California's Santa Ynez Valley.
Releases autobiography Moonwalk
Michael gets surgery done to put a cleft into his chin.
Michael begins to wear a surgical mask in public.
Cruises the Caribbean with eleven-year-old actor Macaulay Culkin.
Releases the album Dangerous.
Founded "Heal the World Foundation", an organization that will help improve the lives of children everywhere.
Invites Oprah Winfrey to his Neverland ranch.
He proceeds to tell her he has the skin disorder, vitiligo, and this is why his skin complexion has changed so much. Tells her of the abuse he had to endure at his father's hand and also denies the Elephant Man skeleton story.
A West African village located in Gabon, Ivory Coast crowns him 'King Sani.
A thirteen-year-old boy accused Jackson of sexually abusing him at the star's home.
Makes a TV appearance saying he is innocent of the child molestation charges
Michael Jackosn marries Lisa Marie Presley.
Settles lawsuit by paying the plaintiff twenty million dollars.
The Los Angeles and Santa Barbara district attorneys do not file child-molestation charges against him.
Releases the album HIStory:Past, Present, Future Book 1.
Jackson was criticized following the release of his new album.
Jackson and Presley divorced.
Jackson marries his dermatologist's secretary, Debbie Rowe.
Their son, Prince Michael Jackson, Jr., was born
Rowe has a baby boy, Prince Michael Joseph, Junior.
The godmother is Elizabeth Taylor. The godfather is Macaulay Culkin.
Michael Jackosn releases Blood On the Dance Floor.
Jackson and his brothers were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall ofFame in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Macaulay Culkin is the godfather.
Debbie Rowe divorces him.
Rowe filed for divorce from Jackson
Jackson's promoter sued him for $21.2 million.
Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jackson also released a new album, Invincible.
Prince Michael Jackson II was born
Calls Sony chairman Tommy Mottola a racist and "devilish."
Dangles his newborn son, Prince Michael II.
He dangles the baby from a Berlin hotel balcony, four stories high.
Taken into custody by the Santa Barbara County Sherriff's Department on charges of child molestation. He posts a three million dollar bail.
Pleads not guilty to child molestation charges.
Jackson wears a black ski mask, Jackson shops at Wal-Mart.
Finding him very suspicous, Wal-Mart calls the police. Not long after, the police pull him over. Nothing comes of it because he is simply vacationing near Aspen, Colorado so his children can see snow.
Pleads not guilty after grand jury indictment.
Asks Nicole Kidman to go with him to the MTV Music Awards. She turns him down.
The Jackson trial begins with jury selection.
Prosecution opens its case with accusations that Jackson used wine and pornography to seduce the 13-year-old boy.
Jackson fails to appear in court and the judge threatens to issue an arrest for him.
Jackson's lawyer tracks him down at a hospital where he has been admitted for back problems. The judge gives him one hour to appear. He does, and the trial continues.
Actor Macaulay Culkin testifies and says Jackson never touched him sexually in any way
The jury finds Jackson not guilty.
Michael Jackson was pronounced dead
according to his brother Jermaine Jackson - after collapsing at his home in Holmby Hills, CA earlier that day. Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest on that day - Jackson was 50 years old.