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Michael Jackson Timeline

Aug. 29, 1958: Born at 12:13 AM as Michael Joseph Jackson in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Esther Scruse and Joseph Walter Jackson.

1962/1963: Michael becomes a member of the Jackson 5 along with his brothers Tito, Jackie, Jermaine, and Marlon. He is lead singer. Their father, Joe, is their manager. There first playing gig is at a place called Mr. Lucky's.

May 16, 1966: Sister Janet Damita Jo is born.

1967: Around this time Jackson began hiding spiders in his older sister LaToya's bed.

1968: The Jackson 5 sign a contract with Motown records.

1969: His band, The Jackson 5, has their first hit single "Want You Back." The debut single sells well over two mllion copies.

Dec. 8, 1969: Jackson 5 release their debut album Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5.

May 8, 1970: Jackson 5 release the album ABC.

Sept. 15, 1970: Jackson 5 release third album Third ALbum.

Oct. 15, 1970: Jackson 5 release Jackson 5 Christmas Album.

Oct. 7, 1971: Releases his first solo single "Got To Be There."

April 12, 1971: Jackson 5 release Maybe Tomorrow.

Sept 7, 1971: Jackson 5 release Going Back to Indiana.

Dec. 9, 1971: Jackson 5 releases Greatest Hits.

Jan. 24, 1972: Michael Jackson releases his debut album Got To Be

Feb. 1972: First solo number one hit to a movie rat titled "Ben."

May 17, 1972: Jackson 5 releases Lookin' Through the Glass.

Aug. 4, 1972: Michael Jackson releases second album Ben.

Apr. 13, 1973: Michael Jackon releases third album Music & Me.

May 29, 1973: Jackson 5 releases Skywriter.

Sept. 12, 1973: Jackson 5 releases Getting It Together.

Dec. 5, 1974: Jackson 5 releases Dancing Machine.

Jan. 16, 1975: Michael Jackson releases fourth album Forever, Michael.

May 15, 1975: Jackson 5 releases Moving Violation.

1976: The Jackson 5 change their name to The Jacksons and get their own TV show.

1978: Has movie debut as a scarecrow in The Wiz, an all-black remake of The Wizard of Oz. During filming, rumor has it he would leave the set without removing his makeup.

Aug. 25, 1979: His album Off the Wall, produced by Quincy Jones, launches him to superstar standing. Sells over nineteen million copies worldwide.

1980: Wins a Grammy for Best Vocal Performance with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."

Dec. 1, 1982: Releases the Thriller album which sells over fifty million copies worldwide and solidifies him as the 80's king of pop.

May 16, 1983: Performs "Billy Jean" at the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Special and for the first time does the moonwalk, later to become his signature move.

1984: During the filming of a Pepsi commercial, his hair catches fire. He has serious injuries and is rumored to have plastic surgery done.

Late 1984: He gets his nose slightly narrowed.

Nov. 20, 1984: Gets his star put on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1985: Co-writes "We Are the World" with Lionel Richie.

Also sometime in 1985: Has another nose job and has permanent eyeliner tattooed above his eyes.

1986: Stars in Francis Ford Coppola's Captain EO.

Sept. 1986: Photos of him in a hyperbaric chamber are published in the National Enquirer. Jackson later says it's part of his plan to extend his life beyond its "natural span."

1987: Supposedly tries to buy the "Elephant Man"s (John Merrick) skeleton for a reported one million dollars.

Mid 1987: Gets another nose job and all of a sudden has deep cheekbones and his skin has turned white.

Aug. 31, 1987: Releases the album Bad which sells over eight million copies.

1988: Releases autobiography Moonwalk.

May 1988: Moves to the Neverland Valley Ranch in California's Santa Ynez Valley.

1988: Gets surgery done to put a cleft into his chin.

1990: Begins to wear a surgical mask in public.

1990: Ceases distributing Jehovah Witnesses literature while dressed up as a fat man wearing a wig, glasses, and beard.

Nov. 26, 1991: Releases the album Dangerous.

Mid 1991: Cruises the Caribbean with eleven-year-old actor Macaulay Culkin.

Early 1992: Founded "Heal the World Foundation", an organization that will help improve the lives of children everywhere.

1992: Invites Oprah Winfrey to his Neverland ranch. He proceeds to tell her he has the skin disorder, vitiligo, and this is why his skin complexion has changed so much. Tells her of the abuse he had to endure at his father's hand and also denies the Elephant Man skeleton story.

Late 1992: A West African village located in Gabon, Ivory Coast crowns him 'King Sani.'

1993: A lawsuit is filed against him accusing him of seducing and abusing thirteen-year-old Jordy Chandler.

Dec. 1993: Makes a TV appearance saying he is innocent of the child molestation charges.

1994: Settles lawsuit by paying the plaintiff twenty million dollars. The Los Angeles and Santa Barbara district attorneys do not file child-molestation charges against him.

May 26, 1994: Marries Lisa Marie Presley.

1995: Releases the album HIStory:Past, Present, Future Book 1.

Jan. 1996: Lisa Marie Presley files for a divorce.

Mid 1996: While he performs "Earth Song" at the UK Brit awards, and is surrounded by a choir of children, lead singer Jarvis Cocker storms the stage to portest Jackson protraying Jesus Christ. Jackson is not amused and says he is "sickened, saddened, shocked, upset, cheated and angry."

Nov. 14, 1996: Marries his dermatologist's secretary, Debbie Rowe.

1997: Releases Blood On the Dance Floor.

Feb. 13, 1997: Rowe has a baby boy, Prince Michael Joseph, Junior. The godmother is Elizabeth Taylor. The godfather is Macaulay Culkin.

Apr. 3, 1998: Rowe gives birth to Paris Michael Katherine. Macaulay Culkin is the godfather.

Oct. 1999: Debbie Rowe divorces him.

Oct. 30, 2001: Releases the album "Invincible" which sells over eight million copies worldwide.

2001: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

July 2002: Calls Sony chairman Tommy Mottola a racist and "devilish."

2002: Prince Michael II is born. The identity of the mother is never released.

Nov. 19, 2002: Dangles his newborn son, Prince Michael II, from a Berlin hotel balcony, four stories high.

Nov. 20, 2003: Taken into custody by the Santa Barbara County Sherriff's Department on charges of child molestation. He posts a three million dollar bail.

Jan. 16, 2004: Pleads not guilty to child molestation charges.

Feb. 27, 2004: Wearing a black ski mask, Jackson shops at Wal-Mart. Finding him very suspicous, Wal-Mart calls the police. Not long after, the police pull him over. Nothing comes of it because he is simply vacationing near Aspen, Colorado so his children can see snow.

Apr. 30, 2004: Pleads not guilty after grand jury indictment.

July 2004: Asks Nicole Kidman to go with him to the MTV Music Awards. She turns him down.

Jan. 31, 2005: The Jackson trial begins with jury selection.

Feb. 28, 2005: Prosecution opens its case with accusations that Jackson used wine and pornography to seduce the 13-year-old boy. The defense counters that no DNA from the accuser has been found in Jackson's bedroom.

Mar. 10, 2005: Jackson fails to appear in court and the judge threatens to issue an arrest for him. Jackson's lawyer tracks him down at a hospital where he has been admitted for back problems. The judge gives him one hour to appear. He does, and the trial continues.

May 12. 2005: Actor Macaulay Culkin testifies and says Jackson never touched him sexually in any way, and that yes, he did sleep in Jackson's bed, but that was only because he happened to fall asleep there.

June 13, 2005: The jury finds Jackson not guilty.

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