Michael Jackson Timeline

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  • Michael Jackson birth

    Michael Jackson birth
    Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana. He is the seventh of nine children.
  • The beginning

    The beginning
    He debuted as a singer with his brothers with "The Jackson Five".
  • Go To Be There

    Go To Be There
    While still singing with The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson achieves his first solo album, "Got to Be There, thus launching his solo career.
  • Off The Wall

    Off The Wall
    Jackson's first adult album is released, "Off the Wall" produced by Quincy Jones, who sold 11 million copies making him the first solo artist to place four singles on the top 10 list.
  • Thriller

    Thriller
    He releases the album "Thriller", which wins a record of eight Grammy Awards and becomes the best-selling album of all time, selling 50 million copies worldwide.
  • We Are The World

    We Are The World
    He buys ATV Music - a company with the rights to the songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney - for $47.5 million and writes with Lionel Richie "We Are The World". The song was produced to raise money for hunger victims in Africa.
  • Bad Times

    Bad Times
    Jackson reveals during a television interview that he inherited a disease that causes his skin pigmentation to disappear. He is also accused of having committed sexual abuse against his 13-year-old son, but they reach a judicial agreement.
  • Scandal

    Scandal
    Scandal after he swings his third son, then nine months old, Prince Michael II, in the air from the balcony of a hotel in Berlin.
  • More Scandal

    More Scandal
    A judge declare innocent to Jackson of sexually harassing a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland mansion in 2003.
  • The "King of Pop" dies

    The "King of Pop" dies
    Michael Jackson dies days before the start of a tour for heart failure
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    Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop"

    "There will never be another person in life, another singer, another legend like Michael Jackson".
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    First marriage

    Married to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis.
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    Second Matrimony

    He married Debbie Rowe, a 37-year-old nurse with whom he had two children, Prince Michael and Paris Michael Katherine.