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Michael Jackson

Bobby Day, composer of two Jackson-related hits, is born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Day's song Rockin' Robin was a Billboard No2 hit for Michael Jackson in 1972, and his Little Bitty Pretty One took the Jackson 5 into the Top 20 in the same year.
Chuck Rainey is born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He will find fame as a hugely respected bass player in the fields of pop, rock, jazz fusion and rhythm and blues, working with Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Rascals and Steely Dan to name but a few.
Louie Shelton of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, is given his first guitar for his ninth birthday. He will become one of the most sought-after session guitarists in the music business, playing with The Monkees, The Jackson 5, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters, The Mamas And Papas, Ella Fitzgerald, John Lennon, Joe Cocker, Simon And Garfunkel, Whitney Houston, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.
Toriano Adaryll Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana. He will find fame as Tito Jackson of The Jackson Five.
The LP Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (which includes Michael Jackson) enters the Billboard US Hot 100 albums chart, where it will peak at No1.
Michael Jackson releases a new single, Got To Be There, on Motown Records in the USA.
Michael Jackson releases Got To Be There, in the USA. It will become his first solo hit single.
The Jackson 5 release the compilation album Greatest Hits on Motown Records in the USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Coliseum, Houston, Texas.
Ben, the theme from a movie about a beloved pet rat, enters the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and will become Michael Jackson's first US No1.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Coliseum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the first of two nights at International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the sixth of seven nights at the Circle Star Theatre, San Carlos, California.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the fourth of seven nights at the Front Row Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the first of fifteen nights at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Michael Jackson releases his fifth studio album, Off The Wall, on Epic Records in the USA. Produced by Quincy Jones, it will launch him to international superstar standing, selling over nineteen million copies worldwide.
The Jacksons play at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Michael Jackson attends a screening of Prince's movie Purple Rain at the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California, USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays to an audience of 45,000 on the second of two nights at Paramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia.
Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with Dirty Diana.
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 four nights at The Capitol Center, Landover, Maryland, to an audience of 17,470.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the sixth of nine dates in this month at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, to an audience of 45,000.
Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in The Philippines.
BRIT Awards winners this year, at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, include Michael Jackson, U2, Phil Collins, Annie Lennox, Fairground Attraction and Erasure. The event, however, becomes a farce when presenters Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood prove totally incapable of hosting the proceedings.
Liberian Girl by Michael Jackson enters the UK popular singles chart, where it will peak at No13 during six week run.
Escapade by Janet Jackson reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays the first of two nights at ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour, Janet Jackson plays the first of two nights at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, USA.
Dangerous by Michael Jackson peaks at No1 in the Billboard Black Albums chart in the USA, where it will remain for twelve weeks.
The NBC tv series Friday Night Videos devotes an entire edition, entitled Live & Dangerous, to the videos of Michael Jackson.
The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in Hong Kong.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce rejects Michael Jackson's application to cover up the famous 'Hollywood? sign with the word HIStory to promote his new compilation album.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa, to an audience of 36,000.
Michael Jackson takes the stand at Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria, California, USA, to defend himself against German concert promoter Marcel Avram's multi-million dollar lawsuit accusing him of fraud and breach of contract.
Michael Jackson and Harry Wayne Casey of KC And The Sunshine Band are among the mourners when a service is held in Riverside Funeral Chapel, Miami Beach, Florida, for Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees who died a few days earlier.
Michael Jackson's 7-year-old will is filed in a Los Angeles court. The document leaves his entire estate to a family trust, cuts out his former wife Debbie Rowe and makes his mother Katherine the guardian of his children. Court documents estimated the current value of his estate at more than $500 million.
Preliminary sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan indicate that the recently deceased Michael Jackson's catalogue of solo albums sold 800,000 copies in the USA in the week ending at the close of business on this day - an increase of 90% over the previous week.
A posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award for Michael Jackson is accepted by his children, Prince and Paris, at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA. The award is presented by Lionel Richie.
It is reported that Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, is preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit against his son's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, following allegations that the doctor administered the drugs that killed the superstar singer.
Michael Jackson's home on N. Carolwood Drive, Homby Hills, California, USA, goes up for sale with an asking price of $28,995,000. The 17,171 square foot property, in which Jackson died, includes seven bedrooms, a seven-car garage, and thirteen toilets.
Hold My Hand, the first new Michael Jackson single since his death is 'unveiled' on his official website [www.michaeljackson.com], The track is a duet recorded in 2007 with Akon.
On her Number Ones : Up Close And Personal tour, Janet Jackson plays the last of three nights at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Music business manager Steve Popovich dies at his home, aged 68, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He had a history of heart troubles, and was suffering stress as a result of royalty litigation against Sony Music. He found success as a manager notable for launching and/or guiding the careers of many artists through his work with the CBS label, including Meat Loaf, The Jacksons, Cheap Trick, Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes and Bob Dylan.
Two men, James Marks of Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK, and James McCormick, of Blackpool, UK, appear in Leicester Crown Court, Leicester, UK, charged with having stolen Michael Jackson's entire music catalogue from Sony Music. Jackson's estate had signed the biggest recording deal in history, worth $250m.
Cody play at Huset i Magstrode, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.