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Michael Jackson

King of Pop Michael Jackson

Profession: King of Pop

United States of America

Why Famous: 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 propofol

Married Life

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 & Michael Jackson release "Girl is Mine"
  • 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 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Say, Say, Say" 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 "Footloose"
  • 1985-01-28 Charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)
  • 1985-08-10 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle song) for $47 million
  • 1986-09-19 "Captain EO" with Michael Jackson premieres
  • 1987-05-29 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains
  • 1987-08-31 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video premieres on CBS TV
  • 1988-03-30 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win
  • 1990-06-07 Michael Jackson hospitalized for chest pains
  • 1990-06-09 Michael Jackson is hospitalized with inflamed rib cartilage
  • 1991-03-20 Michael Jackson signs $65M 6 album deal with Sony records
  • 1991-05-13 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale
  • 1991-11-14 Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video premieres on FOX TV
  • 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
  • 1997-05-06 Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 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 Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards
  • 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 36th 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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