Michael Jackson Timeline

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August 29, 1958 - Michael Joseph Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana. He is Joseph and Katherine Jackson’s seventh child of nine.

1964 - Jackson and brothers Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine form the singing group the Jackson 5

1968 - The Jackson 5 sign to Barry Gordy’s Motown Records.

October 7, 1969 - The Jackson 5 score their first number one hit with “I Want You Back”

January 24, 1972 - Jackson releases his first solo album, “Got to Be There”

1975 - The Jackson 5 leaves Motown

June 1975 - The Jackson 5 signs a new contract with CBS Records

October 24, 1978 - Jackson makes big scrceen debut as the Scarecrow on the Wiz, where he first meets legendary producer Quincy Jones during the musical film's production.

1979 – Jackson breaks away from his brothers to go solo.

November 30, 1982 - Jackson Releases “Thriller”, the highest selling album of all time at 109 million sold to date.

March 25, 1983 - Jackson performs live on the “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” television special. He debuts his signature dance move – the moonwalk.

December 2, 1983 - Premieres the video for “Thriller”, breaking the racial barrier of MTV’s reluctance to play black videos.

January 27, 1984 - Jackson suffers second-degree burns to his scalp after pyrotechnics accidentally set his hair on fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.

May 14, 1984 - Jackson is invited to the White House to receive an award presented by U.S. President Ronald Reagan for his work with charities.

March 7, 1985 - Jackson releases benefit song “We Are the World”, which features 45 popular signers such as Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Ray Charles.

August 31, 1987 - Jackson releases “Bad”, the follow-up album to “Thriller.”

Feburary 10, 1993 - Jackson first speaks openly about his childhood abuse from his father in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

1993 - Michael Jackson is accused of child abuse for the first time.

February 6, 2003 - British journalist Martin Bashir’s famously candid interview with Jackson airs in the U.S. Controversy ensues after Jackson admits to letting children sleep with him in his bed.

May 2005 - Jackson is acquitted of seven counts of child sexual abuse.

2008 - Jackson announces a tour of 50 concerts in London, set for July 2009.

June 25, 2009 - Jackson dies of cardiac arrest.

Source: Pharoh Martin, NNPA News Service

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