Michael Jackson

King of Pop Michael Jackson

Profession: King of Pop

United States of America

Biography: One of the most successful and popular entertainers in music history, Jackson began his musical career as a child, performing with his brothers in Jackson 5 before going solo in 1971. The Jackson 5 had numerous hits, including "ABC" and "I'll Be There".

After releasing the commercially successful album "Off the Wall" in 1979, he released "Thriller" in 1982, which became the best-selling album of all time with over 65 million copies sold and contained such hits as "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and the title track. Jackson, who became famous for his choreography and groundbreaking music videos, dominated pop music in the 1980s; successful albums "Bad" (1987) and "Dangerous" (1991) followed. The winner of 13 Grammy Awards, Jackson sold more than 350 million records and was one of the most influential entertainers in history.

Jackson's eccentric personal life dominated the latter half of his career, including his financial troubles, changing appearance and general behavior. In the 1990s and 2000s he was accused of child sexual abuse, charges which he denied and was acquitted of in two highly publicized trials. In 2009 he announced a series of comeback concerts, entitled This Is It. Before those concerts could be undertaken he died aged 50 of a cardiac arrest, brought on by an accidental overdose of propofol administered by his personal physician. His death led to a global outpouring of grief and his memorial service was widely watched around the world.

Born: August 29, 1958
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, USA

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: June 25, 2009 (aged 50)
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest induced by an overdose of the prescription drug propofol

Married Life

  • 1994-05-26 American King of Pop, Michael Jackson (35) weds King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic; divorce in 1996
  • 1996-01-18 Princess of Rock Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from King of Pop Michael Jackson in NYC
  • 1996-11-14 King of Pop Michael Jackson (38) weds American dermatology assistant Debbie Rowe (38) in Sydney, Australia; divorce in 1999

Historical Events

  • 1979-08-10 "Off the Wall" 5th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1980)
  • 1982-10-29 Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson release single "The Girl is Mine"; peaks at # 2 in US, and #8 in UK
  • 1982-11-30 "Thriller", 6th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1984, best-selling album of all time, Billboard Album of the Year 1983)
  • 1983-02-26 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes #1 and stays #1 for 37 weeks
  • 1983-10-03 Parlophone releases Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's duet single "Say, Say, Say" (from Paul's "Pipes of Peace" album) in UK
  • 1983-11-02 "Thriller" single released worldwide by Michael Jackson
  • 1984-01-16 11th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar and Michael Jackson win
  • 1984-01-27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial
  • 1984-02-07 Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS
  • 1984-02-28 26th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys
  • 1984-04-21 After 37 weeks Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by movie soundtrack for "Footloose"
  • 1985-01-28 Charity single "We Are the World" recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and other pop stars)
  • 1985-08-14 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (including publishing rights to most of the Beatles song catalog) for $47.5M; 10 years later he sells 1/2 of his interest to Sony for $150M
  • 1986-09-19 3-D short film "Captain EO" with Michael Jackson premieres at Disney theme parks
  • 1987-05-29 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains
  • 1987-08-31 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video, directed by Martin Scorcese, premieres during TV special "Michael Jackson: The Magic Returns" on CBS
  • 1988-03-30 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win
  • 1990-06-07 Michael Jackson enters St. John's Hospital and Health Center, near his home, for chest pains after a dance rehearsal and exercise session
  • 1990-06-09 Michael Jackson is hospitalized with inflamed rib cartilage, in California
  • 1991-03-20 Michael Jackson signs $65M deal with Sony Records to produce 6 albums
  • 1991-05-13 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale
  • 1991-11-14 Michael Jackson's "Black or White" music video with groundbreaking morphing effects premieres simultaneously in 27 countries on MTV, Fox TV and BBC's Top of the Pops
  • 1991-12-09 2nd Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Boyz II Men & U2 win
  • 1993-01-25 20th American Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey win
  • 1993-02-10 "Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Winfrey" airs on ABC & drew an astounding 39.3 rating/56 share, 90 million people
  • 1993-03-09 7th Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige win
  • 1994-01-25 Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court
  • 1994-09-08 11th MTV Video Music Awards: Aerosmith wins with newlyweds Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley opening the show
  • 1995-12-06 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special
  • 2001-03-19 16th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Aerosmith; Solomon Burke; The Flamingos; Michael Jackson; Queen; Paul Simon; Steely Dan; Ritchie Valens; James Burton; Johnnie Johnson; and Chris Blackwell
  • 2001-10-21 "United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. organized and headlined by Michael Jackson and featuring Aerosmith, Mariah Carey and The Backstreet Boys
  • 2002-01-09 29th American Music Awards: Janet Jackson and Lenny Kravitz win. Michael Jackson receives Artist of the Century award.
  • 2005-06-13 A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch
  • 2009-11-03 23rd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Charlie Wilson & Chaka Khan win
  • 2009-11-22 37th American Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Michael Jackson win
  • 2019-01-25 Documentary "Leaving Neverland" detailing singer Michael Jackson's relationship with two boys premieres at the Sundance Film Festival

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