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Michael Jackson

The Dorchester Hotel opens on Park Lane, Mayfair, London, UK. It will become one the main hotels frequented by the rich and famous, including such music celebrities as The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Julie Andrews, Mariah Carey, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Duke Ellington, Prince and Morrissey.
Maybe Tomorrow by The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, enters the Billboard US Top 40 Singles chart, where it will peak at No20 during a six-week run.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Coliseum, Columbia, Illinois.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, Iowa.
The Jackson 5ive cartoon series, starring animated versions of The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, debuts on ABC-tv in the USA.
Sugar Daddy by the The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, enters the Billboard US Hot 100 Singles chart, where it will peak at No10.
Rockin' Robin by Michael Jackson enters the Billboard US Black Singles chart, where it will peak at No2. On the same day it enters the Billboard US Top 40 Singles chart, where it will also peak at No2.
Corner Of The Sky by The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, enters the Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Chart, where it will peak at No18.
Michael Jackson enters the UK singles chart with Ben, which will peak at No7.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the fifth of fifteen nights at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Civic Arena, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas.
The Wiz, an all-black remake of The Wizard of Oz, starring Michael Jackson as The Scarecrow and Diana Ross as Dorothy, is released in the UK.
State Of Independence by Donna Summer (written by Vangelis and Jon Anderson) enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No14. The track features an all-star backing choir which includes Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Christopher Cross, Quincy Jones, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Lionel Richie and Dionne Warwick.
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Thriller by Michael Jackson enters the Billboard US Top Ten Singles chart in its second week on the chart. The last single to achieve this feat was Imagine by John Lennon in 1971.
Rebbie Jackson releases her debut single, Centipede, on Columbia Records in the USA. The track is written and produced by her brother, Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson publicly renounces the Jehovah's Witnesses faith.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the second of five nights at Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan, to an audience of 38,000.
The duets album, Love Songs, by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, enters the UK Top 100 albums chart, where it will peak at No12.
Pepsi Cola hold a press conference to announce that they have signed up Michael Jackson to appear in a string of their tv commercials for a fee of $10m.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at Saint Jakobs Stadium, Basel, Switzerland, to an audience of 50,000.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at Stadium Vincent Calderon, Madrid, Spain, Europe, to an audience of 60,000.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain, Europe.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of three nights at the Civic Arena, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to an audience of 16,230.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays the second of two nights at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rapper Luther Campbell, whose group 2 Live Crew is facing record store bans because of obscene lyrics, announces that the music industry has failed to come to his aid. He declares, "When the stores say they're going to take my albums out, the record companies should say, ‘OK, then you're not going to get the next Michael Jackson or Madonna record'.
Thousands of Michael Jackson fans pour into the grounds of St John's Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA, to support the star who has been admitted suffering from severe chest pains.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays the second of two nights at The Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
Black Cat by Janet Jackson reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart. On the same day, the new Paul Simon album, Rhythm Of The Saints, enters the UK album charts.
Black Or White by Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the UK singles chart.
The father of thirteen-year-old Jordan Chandler goes to court to prevent his son seeing Michael Jackson after allegations of child abuse. As a result of the claims, Jackson's two homes in California had been raided by police, with the tabloids covering the allegations in lurid detail after receiving a leaked three-page report from the Los Angeles Department of Children's Services. Jackson is on tour in Bangkok at the time of the allegations, but is soon cancelling performances due to reported ill health. Guilty or not, the most powerful figure in pop music looked unlikely to ever fully recover from the front-page, worldwide allegations.
Michael Jackson spends the second of four days in Los Angeles playing host to King Nana Amon Ndoufou IV, ruler of Sanwi on the Ivory Coast, Africa.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of three nights at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland.
Michael Jackson testifies in court in California, during a $21m lawsuit filed against him by a promoter claiming to have lost substantial moneys when Jackson bailed on two millennium concerts.
Madonna wins the Michael Jackson International Artist of The Year Award, at the American Music Awards.
Michael Jackson and his attorney fly by XtraJet from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, to Santa Barbara, California, where Jackson is arrested on child abuse charges, and then freed on $3m bail. He immediately returns to Las Vegas, where he is filming a video. An unauthorised videotape of Jackson speaking with his attorney on this flight will subsequently be offered for sale to the highest bidder.
Stuart Backerman, Michael Jackson's chief spokesman is reported to have resigned over "strategic differences" in the wake of last month's arrest on allegations of child abuse.
In the Michael Jackson child molestation case in Santa Maria, California, USA, his lawyers state that the authorities who investigated the allegations found no DNA from his accuser when they searched the pop star's bedroom.
It is announced that Michael Jackson, currently living in Bahrain, has decided to close his house on the Neverland Ranch in California, and has laid off several employees. The Ranch itself, however, will remain open.
Michael Jackson flies into London, England, UK, Europe, where is shortly to be paid $5m simply to attend a private 25th birthday party for HRH Prince Azim of Brunei.
A glittery jacket once worn onstage by Michael Jackson sells for $19,000 at an auction in the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Jackson's MTV music award for the song We Are the World pulls $16,000, while gold discs for his album Off The Wall and the Jackson 5 single I Want You Back each get $11,000. The total raised from the sale of Jackson-related artefacts at the auction is reported variously as being $1m and $2m.
Dr Conrad Murray, the physician who had been with Michael Jackson when he died, is questioned again by police in Los Angeles, California, USA.
AEG, promoters of Michael Jackson's cancelled gigs in London, England, UK, Europe, announce that all fans who bought tickets will receive a full refund, including all service charges.
SEE Virtual Worlds, and the Michael Jackson Estate announce Planet Michael, a massive multi-player game and online virtual world, based around Michael Jackson, set to launch in late 2011.
Newly-released legal documents reveal that the estate of Michael Jackson has earned over $300m since the singer's death in June 2009. This amount includes earnings from album sales, movies, licensing arrangements and licencing deals for Cirque du Soleil shows.
In Manhattan, New York City, USA, Paul McCartney files a federal lawsuit against music publisher Sony/ATV to "confirm his ownership" of 267 songs by The Beatles. He has been trying to get these rights back since the 1980s, when Michael Jackson famously out-bid him for the rights. However, Jackson's debt-ridden estate subsequently sold the songs to Sony.
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