This date last year was one of the worst days of my life. It’s hard for me to think of Michael Jackson being gone from this planet with a positive perspective. Maybe I’m selfish, I thought that heaven could wait. I try to think of it as a final and better place for MJ. He is in a better place now probably having fun with Jesus. He was our angel on earth and there will never be another man like him in my lifetime. My love and prayers go out to his family. I thank them for sharing him with the world. I think the world should give some respect to Papa Joseph for instilling the drive and work ethic in his family. Him and Katherine are the creators of a talented family that has blessed and changed the world and music industry. If not for them, there wouldn’t be a Beyonce, Ciara, Usher, or Justin Timberlake and several others who they influenced. RIP MJJ.
at U.S. steel who once played guitar in an R&B band. His mother,
Katharine, is a Jehovah’s Witness. In 1987, Michael disassociated
himself from the religion.
— 1968: The Jackson 5 signs with Motown Records. Michael is lead
singer, joined by brothers Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Jermaine.
— Dec. 14, 1969: The Jackson 5 appear on the “The Ed Sullivan
— 1969-70: Jackson 5’s first four singles, “I Want You Back,”
“ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There” reach No. 1.
The group also releases its first album, “Diana Ross Presents the
— 1972: While still singing with the Jackson 5, Michael puts out
his first solo album, “Got to Be There.” It includes his first
No. 1 single, “Ben.”
— Sept. 11, 1971: “Jackson 5ive” kids’ cartoon series makes
debut on ABC. It airs until 1973.
— 1978: Jackson stars as the Scarecrow with Diana Ross in “The
Wiz,” an all-black version of “The Wizard of Oz.”
— 1979: Jackson’s first solo album as an adult, “Off the
Wall,” is released. He becomes the first solo artist to place four
singles from the same record in the top 10.
— 1982: His album “Thriller” wins a record eight Grammys and
becomes the world’s biggest-selling record of all time, with 26
million copies sold in the U.S. alone. Along with the title track,
it includes the songs “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.”
— 1983: Jackson electrifies the 50 million viewers of the
“Motown 25” television special by singing, dancing, and debuting
the “moonwalk” to “Billie Jean.” He wears a black fedora, one
white glove, and pants that end above his ankles. The same year, he
becomes the first black artist to get extensive video play on MTV
when his “Thriller” video premieres. The network takes to playing
it every hour on the hour. An MTV executive says ratings were up to
four times greater than usual every time “Thriller” came on. The
same year, Jane Fonda says in an interview that she once told
Jackson, “‘I realize you’re Peter Pan.’ She says he started to cry
and responded, ‘I totally identify with Peter Pan, the lost boy of
— Jan. 27, 1984: During production of a Pepsi-Cola commercial,
Jackson’s scalp is burned when a pyrotechnic special effect sets
his hair on fire.
— 1985: Jackson, Lionel Richie, and 43 other singers record what
becomes one of the fastest-selling singles ever: “We Are the
World.” Written by Jackson and Richie, the song was produced to
raise money for victims of the famine in Ethiopia. The same year,
Jackson pays $47.5 million for the rights to more than 250 songs
written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
— 1986: The Walt Disney Co. opens a 3-D movie at its theme parks
called “Captain EO (EE’-oh),” featuring Jackson. It is executive
produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The
last attraction, in Paris, closes 12 years later.
— 1987: His album “Bad” produces five No. 1 singles and sells
at least 22 million copies worldwide. The “Bad” video is directed
by Martin Scorsese. CBS deems it worthy of a prime-time special.
— 1988: Jackson pays $14.6 million for a 2,500-acre property in
Santa Barbara, Calif., wine country. He names it “Neverland” and
creates a sprawling children’s playground complete with amusement
park rides and a zoo.
— February 1988: Jackson’s autobiography, “Moonwalk,” is
published. He writes that his father “was a great trainer,” but
adds, “We’d perform for him and he’d critique us. If you messed
up, you got hit, sometimes with a belt, sometimes with a switch.”
He also writes that as a child, he’d see kids playing and wish he
could be with them instead of working. He maintains he’s had
plastic surgery only on his nose and his chin, to create a cleft.
— 1991: The album “Dangerous” is released. The same year, in
an episode of “The Simpsons,” Jackson provides the voice for the
character of a 300-pound white man whom Homer Simpson meets in a
mental institution. The character tells Homer that, “People
thought I was crazy for the way I dressed…one white glove,
covered with rhinestones.”
— 1992: HBO airs “Michael Jackson in Concert in Bucharest.”
— Feb. 10, 1993: Jackson reveals in a TV interview with Oprah
Winfrey that he has the inherited disorder vitiligo
(viht-uh-LY’-goh), which caused his skin color to fade. Two days
later, A.C. Nielsen reports that the interview was watched by 62.3
— Feb. 24, 1993, Jackson receives the Grammy Legend Award.
— Nov. 1993: Jackson cancels the rest of his sold-out
“Dangerous” world tour to seek treatment for addiction to
painkillers prescribed after reconstructive scalp surgery.
Addiction was allegedly worsened by anguish over claims he molested
a 13-year-old boy.
— Dec. 22, 1993: In a live broadcast from Neverland carried
worldwide by satellite, Jackson defends himself against molestation
charges. He asks, “Don’t treat me like a criminal, because I am
innocent.” He says he was humiliated by a court-ordered body
search that included nude photographs taken to corroborate the
allegations against him.
— Jan. 25, 1994: Without admitting guilt, Jackson pays a
reported $20 million to settle child molestation accusations.
Criminal charges were never filed.
— May 1994: Jackson marries Lisa Marie Presley in the Dominican
Republic. They divorce two years later.
— Sept. 1994: Presley seems visibly uncomfortable when Jackson
kisses her during the opening of the MTV Music Awards.
— June 14, 1995: In an interview on ABC-TV, Diane Sawyer asks
the couple if they have sex. Presley replies, “Do we have sex?
Yes! Yes! Yes!”
— Aug., 1995: The song “You Are Not Alone,” from the recently
released album, “HIStory: Past, Present, and Future Book I,”
becomes the first single in pop music history to enter the
Billboard chart at No. 1. Jackson and Presley both appear topless
in the song’s video.
— Dec. 7, 1995: Jackson collapses on stage, suffering from low
blood pressure and apparent dehydration after rehearsing all day
for an international TV concert.
— Jan. 18, 1996: Presley files for divorce due to irreconcilable
— Nov., 1996: Jackson marries Debbie Rowe (roh), who worked in
his dermatologist’s office.
— 1997: The album, “Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the
Mix,” sells in the hundreds of thousands worldwide, disappointing
numbers for Jackson. The same year, The Jackson 5 is inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
— Feb. 13, 1997: Debbie Rowe gives birth to Jackson’s first
child, Prince Michael.
— April 3, 1998: Jackson’s second child with Debbie Rowe is
born. She is named Paris Michael Katherine Jackson.
— 1999: Jackson and Rowe divorce. The children remain with
— March 19, 2001: Jackson is inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame as a solo artist.
— Nov. 7, 2001: Sales figures show Jackson’s album
“Invincible,” in its first week of release, debuts at No. 1 in
the U.S. and in more than a dozen countries overseas. But it fades
quickly. It sells about 2 million copies — a low number compared
to sales of his previous albums.
— Feb. 21, 2002: Jackson’s third child, Prince Michael II,
nicknamed “Blanket,” is born to Jackson and a surrogate mother,
whose identity is not disclosed. Later that year, Jackson playfully
dangles the baby over a hotel balcony in Berlin while fans watch
from below. Jackson later calls the incident a “terrible
— July 2002: Jackson blames Sony Music for “Invincible’s” poor
sales, saying the record label did not support the album, even
though Sony spent about $25 million promoting it. He calls Sony
Music chairman Tommy Mottola (muh-TOH’-luh) “racist” and
“devilish,” and accuses the record industry of ripping off black
— August 2002: At MTV’s Video Music Awards, Jackson accepts a
birthday cake and offers his thanks for being given an “Artist of
the Millennium” award — but no such award exists.
— Nov. 13, 2002: Jackson testifies in a $21 million lawsuit
against him by a concert organizer who accuses Jackson of backing
out of two concerts on New Year’s Eve 1999. Jackson has wide,
ghostly eyes, unusually pale skin, and traces of a beard and
mustache. He also appears to have a bandage hanging from his nose.
A jury later decides that Jackson must pay the organizer $5.3
— 2003: ABC airs the British documentary, “Living With Michael
Jackson,” in which Jackson says he has shared his bed with
children. During an interview with Martin Bashir (buh-SHEER’),
Jackson says, “When you say ‘bed’ you’re thinking sexual…It’s
not sexual, we’re going to sleep. I tuck them in…It’s very
charming, it’s very sweet.” One boy shown in the documentary
subsequently accuses Jackson of molesting him.
— Nov. 18, 2003: Jackson releases a greatest hits album,
“Number Ones.” The same day, about 760 law enforcement officers
spend 12 hours searching Neverland, seeking evidence of child
— Nov. 20, 2003: Jackson walks in handcuffs into the Santa
Barbara County jail to be booked on molestation charges. He is
freed on $3 million bond.
— Jan. 16, 2004: Jackson is arraigned and pleads not guilty to
charges of molestation and giving alcohol to a minor. Afterward, he
responds to cheers from fans by jumping atop an SUV and doing some
— April 21, 2004: A grand jury returns an indictment against
Jackson on four counts of molestation, one count of attempted
molestation, one count of conspiracy and four counts of supplying
alcohol to a minor.
— Dec. 14, 2004: Jackson hosts 200 children at Neverland. A
spokesman says charitable and civic groups bring children to
Neverland at least three times a month.
— June, 13, 2005: A jury acquits Jackson of all charges in the
2003 child molestation case. He could have been sentenced to 20
years in prison. During the trial, a forensic accountant testified
that the singer was spending up to $30 million more per year than
he earned. After Jackson’s death, his lawyer, Thomas Mesereau
(MEHZ’-ur-oh) Jr., said he believed Jackson never fully recovered
from the molestation charges. He recalled Jackson visibly
withering, losing weight, his cheeks sunken, his skin pale. Twice
during the trial he was taken to a hospital emergency room for
treatment. After once such visit, he arrived at court late, wearing
— Sept. 2005: Jackson moves with his children to the Persian
Gulf country of Bahrain. He tells The Associated Press that the
trial was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.” In the
same interview, Jackson said he was “constantly working on” a
charity song for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The song was never
— 2005: Jackson’s patent expires on a shoe that allowed wearers
to lean past their center of gravity, as he did in the “Smooth
Criminal” video. The patent expired because Jackson didn’t pay a
$2,480 maintenance fee.
— 2006: Plagued by financial problems since his trial, Jackson
closes his house at Neverland, laying off most of the staff after
agreeing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages to
avoid a lawsuit by state labor officials.
— June 13, 2007: Beverly Hills pharmacy sues Jackson, claiming
the singer owes more than $100,000 for prescription drugs. The suit
was later settled.
— Nov. 2007: Jackson tells Ebony magazine he ignores negative
stories and gossip about him. He is quoted saying, “In my opinion,
— 2008: Jackson releases “Thriller 25,” an album marking the
25th anniversary of “Thriller.” It includes the new song “For
All Time,” as well as five remixes involving will.i.am, Kanye
(KAHN’-yay) West, Akon (AY’-kahn) and Fergie (FUR’-ghee).
— March, 2008: An eleventh-hour deal is cut allowing Jackson to
keep Neverland Ranch off the auction block. Financial Title Co. of
San Francisco said he owed $24.5 million on the property.
— Jan.: Jackson signs a yearlong lease on a mansion in Bel Air,
— March 5: Jackson announces he will perform a series of 10
shows called “This Is It” at London’s O2 Arena. Over the next
eight days, the number of shows is increased to 20, then 50.
Tickets sell out within hours.
— March through June: Jackson prepares for his comeback shows.
He trains with Lou Ferrigno (fur-IHG’-noh), the star of TV’s
“Incredible Hulk,” becomes heavily involved in all aspects of the
concert rehearsals, practices with backup dancers and
choreographers several hours a day.
— June 25: Michael Jackson is pronounced dead at age 50 after
being taken to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. His doctor
later says he discovered Jackson at home not breathing and was
unable to revive him. It’s estimated Jackson was $400 million in
debt. Within hours, fans inundate Web sites selling his music, and
stores report they have been cleaned out of Michael Jackson and
Jackson 5 CDs.
— June 26: An autopsy is performed, but cause of death is not
determined. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office says toxicology
tests could take weeks. The same day, all 10 albums on Amazon.com’s
bestseller list are Jackson’s; the 25th anniversary edition of
“Thriller” is No. 1.
— June 27: Jackson’s family is reported to want a private
autopsy, in part because of concerns about Jackson’s cardiologist,
— June 29: A judge grants temporary custody of Jackson’s three
children to their grandmother, Katharine Jackson.
— June 30: Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse, says she repeatedly
rejected Jackson’s demands for the anesthetic Diprivan
(DIHP’-ruh-van), the brand name of the anesthetic propofol
(PROH’-puh-fahl), which is given intravenously to cause
unconsciousness before surgery. Lee says Jackson wanted to use the
drug to help him sleep.
— July 4: A law enforcement official says Diprivan was found in
— July 7: A memorial service attended by about 20,000 people is
held for Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Jackson’s
daughter Paris calls him “the best father” she could imagine.
— July 2009: Jackson’s dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, says he
used Demerol (DEM’-ur-ahl) to sedate the star for painful medical
procedures, but told Jackson he was “insane” to use the drug
Diprivan as a sleep aid. Klein says Jackson suffered from the
immune system disease lupus (LOO’-puhs) in addition to the skin
disease vitiligo (viht-uh-LY’-goh), and says Jackson went through
— June and July 2009: Some who knew Jackson make contradictory
statements about his health in the days before his death. Video
shows him appearing healthy and doing signature dance moves
including the moonwalk, but reports persist that he was thin,
frail, and dependent on painkillers.
— July 13: Hundreds gather outside London’s O2 arena to pay
tribute to the star on what would have been the evening of his
first of 50 concerts.
— July 15: Sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan show that in the
three weeks following his death, 2.3 million Jackson CDs have been
— July 2009: Neighbors of Neverland start organizing against
turning it into a tourist destination, which they say could disturb
the area’s rural tranquility.
— July 22: Los Angeles police and federal drug agents raid the
Houston office of Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray. The Los
Angeles County Coroner subpoenas records related to nutritionist
Cherilyn Lee’s treatment of Jackson.
— July 23: Court documents say Dr. Conrad Murray is the target
of a manslaughter investigation into the singer’s death.
— July 27: A law enforcement source tells AP that Jackson’s
personal doctor gave him the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid on
the last night of Jackson’s life. The source says investigators are
working under the theory that propofol caused Jackson’s heart to
stop. The lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray says the doctor “didn’t
prescribe or administer anything that should have killed Michael
— July 28: Police and federal drug agents search Murray’s Las
Vegas home and medical office as part of their manslaughter
— July 31: Katharine Jackson and Debbie Rowe agree that Michael
Jackson’s children should be cared for by their grandmother
Katherine, but that Rowe should be able to visit the two eldest
children, as she is their biological mother.
— Aug. 3: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge gives Katharine
Jackson permanent custody of her late son’s three children.
— Aug. 7: A law enforcement source tells The Associated Press
that hours before Jackson died, Dr. Conrad Murray gave him
benzodiazepines (ben-zoh-dy-AZ’-uh-peens), which are sedatives used
to calm surgical patients, along with the anesthetic propofol.
Murray’s lawyer dismissed the assertion that Murray give Jackson
multiple drugs as “ridiculous.”
— Aug. 10: The Los Angeles County coroner’s office finishes
Jackson’s autopsy, but will not release results as long as police
continue investigating events leading to the singer’s death. The
same day, a Los Angeles judge approves a deal by which Jackson’s
estate, concert promoter AEG Live, and Columbia Pictures will
produce a movie featuring footage of Jackson’s final rehearsals for
his comeback concerts.
— Aug. 11: Authorities search a Las Vegas pharmacy for records
showing Michael Jackson’s doctor or his employees bought the potent
— Aug. 17: Her attorney says Katherine Jackson might file a
wrongful death suit, and that the main name mentioned has been
— Aug. 18: In a YouTube video, Dr. Conrad Murray speaks publicly
for the first time since Jackson died. Murray thanks supporters for
giving him “strength and courage.” A spokesman says Murray has
received death threats.
— Aug. 28: The Los Angeles County coroner releases a statement
saying Jackson’s death has been ruled a homicide. The cause of
death is said to be acute intoxication from the anesthetic
propofol, with other sedatives contributing to the death. Jackson’s
death certificate is subsequently amended to say his fatal injury
was “injection by another.”
— Aug. 29: Fans remember Jackson on what would have been his
51st birthday. In Brooklyn, New York, filmmaker Spike Lee hosts a
dance party attended by several thousand. In Mexico City, a crowd
of 13,597 dances to “Thriller,” setting a world’s record for the
most people dancing to the song simultaneously in one place.
— Sept. 3: Jackson is entombed at Forest Lawn Glendale cemetery,
about eight miles north of downtown Los Angeles, in a mausoleum
alongside legendary stars including Clark Gable, Jean Harlow
(HAR’-loh) and W.C. Fields. Court documents later show that the
private family funeral cost the Jackson estate $1 million,
including burial, flowers, cars, security and a post-funeral
— Sept. 11: A global video tribute to Jackson is moved from
Vienna to London, and postponed from September 2009 to June 2010,
after organizers conclude they need more time to schedule top
— Sept. 17: Newly unsealed court records show Katherine Jackson
is receiving $86,204 per month from her son’s estate for herself
and her three grandchildren. Documents also show that she will be
allowed to challenge administrators of the estate without losing
her substantial stake.
— Sept. 24: Though sales won’t begin until Sunday, Sept. 27, a
line for tickets to the first public screenings of the “This Is
It” documentary opens in Los Angeles. Tickets sell out in two
hours. By Monday, Sept. 28, hundreds of show times have sold out
around the world.
— Sept. 25: Former Jackson confidant Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
(SHMOO’-lee boh-TAY’-ahk) releases recorded conversations in which
Jackson talked about such personal matters as how he feared growing
old, believed he looked like a lizard, and was too shy to ask women
out on dates.
— Oct. 1: An autopsy report from the Los Angeles County
coroner’s office says that when he died, Jackson was in relatively
good health had no illegal drugs in his system.
— Oct. 12: Jackson’s posthumous single, “This Is It,” debuts
on his official Web site.
— Oct. 13: Jackson is nominated for five American Music Awards,
including artist of the year.
— Oct. 27: The film “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” premieres.
It pulls in $103 million worldwide in its first five days, and is
No. 1 in the U.S. Halloween weekend.
— Nov. 10: Katherine Jackson withdraws her objections to her
son’s longtime associates John McClain and John Branca (BRANK’-uh)
as executors of his will. Her lawyer says she believes the move is
in the best interests of her grandchildren. The same day, a judge
rules that Joe Jackson cannot inherit any of his son’s assets, but
can try to obtain an allowance. Joe Jackson claimed he had been
relying on support from his son to survive. Michael Jackson left
his father out of his will.
— Nov. 11: In New York, a “Thriller”-era silk-screened
portrait of Michael Jackson, created by Andy Warhol, sells for
$812,500 to an anonymous collector.
— Nov. 16: The Los Angeles city attorney confirms plans to seek
reimbursement of the $3 million the city spent for Jackson’s July
memorial, though an audit concludes the event pumped $4 million
into the local economy.
— Nov. 21: The shimmering white glove Jackson wore when he first
moonwalked on TV is auctioned in New York for $350,000, plus taxes
and fees, bringing its total cost to $420,000. The buyer is a
resort hotel in Macau (muh-KOW’), near Hong Kong.
— Nov. 22: Jackson wins a record four posthumous American Music
Awards, bringing his career AMA total to 23. This makes him the
most honored artist in AMA history. He is voted favorite male
artist in the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. His 2003
greatest-hits album, “Number Ones,” wins favorite album in both
— Dec. 1: Yahoo announces that Michael Jackson is No. 1 on its
list of Top 10 searches of 2009.
— Dec. 21: In an Associated Press survey of U.S. broadcast and
newspaper editors, the death of Michael Jackson is voted top
entertainment news story of 2009.
— Dec. 22: FBI documents reveal that the bureau monitored
Jackson for a more than decade through 2005, and never found solid
evidence that he molested children.
— Dec. 30: “Thriller” becomes the first music video chosen to
be preserved in the National Film Registry of the Library of
Congress — the world’s largest archive of film, TV and sound
— Jan. 6: Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks the nation’s album
sales, reports that Michael Jackson was the top-selling artist of
2009, selling 8.2 million recordings.
— Jan. 31: Jackson is given a posthumous Lifetime Achievement
Award at the Grammys. Two of Jackson’s children, Prince and Paris,
accept the award on Michael’s behalf, with Prince vowing that the
children will continue to spread their father’s message of love.
The televised ceremony includes a 3-D film in which Jackson sings
his “Earth Song,” expressing his sadness about the destruction of
nature and animals by humans.
— Feb. 1: Twenty-five years after Jackson’s and Lionel Richie’s
“We Are the World” raised $30 million for famine relief in
Africa, producer Quincy Jones gathers a new group of singers to
re-record it to help Haiti recover from a massive earthquake three
weeks earlier. In the song’s new music video, Jackson is shown in a
clip from the original.
— Feb. 8: Dr. Conrad Murray pleads not guilty to a charge of
involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death. If convicted, Murray.
History continues to be made………Long live the KING!!!!!!!!!!!