Today is the anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson and the Eagle looks back on his life and career.
Here’s a brief timeline of his life and career:
August 29, 1958: Michael Joseph Jackson is Born
Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana to Joseph and Katherine Jackson. He is the seventh of nine children and is raised as a Jehovah’s Witness.
August 1969: Jackson 5 Become Motown Sensation
Michael, along with his brothers in the Jackson 5, open for Diana Ross in Los Angeles. Later that year, the group puts out their first album and single, “I Want You Back.” The song went to number one on the pop and R&B charts, as did two follow-up singles, “ABC,” and “The Love You Give,” from their second album.
1972: Michael Jackson’s First Solo Hit Tops the Charts
Michael Jackson’s first of thirteen number-one hits tops charts, when the title track to the movie Ben. becomes a worldwide hit. Jackson also releases his first solo album, Got to Be There.
August 10, 1979: Off the Wall is Released
After meeting producer Quincy Jones while filming The Wiz, Jackson and he collaborate on his Off the Wall album. Other collaborators included Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and producer Rod Temperton. The album won Jackson a Grammy Award.
November 30, 1982: Thriller is Released
Thriller was a monster of a record and became Jackson’s first number album on the Billboard chart. It spawned a number of unforgettable singles, including “Billie Jean,” The Girl is Mine,” “Beat It,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” “Human Nature,” “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), and of course, “Thriller.” All of them reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
March 25, 1983: Michael Jackson Moonwalks During MOTOWN 25 TV Special
While performing “Billie Jean,” Jackson stuns the world with what would become his signature dance move.
January 27, 1984: Jackson’s Hair Catches on Fire
While filming a Pepsi commercial, Michael Jackson suffers second degree burns to his scalp, after pyrotechnics ignite his hair on fire. Jackson is rushed to the hospital and treated at the Brotman Medical Center, which is eventually renamed after Michael Jackson. The center closes it’s doors in 1987.
August 31, 1987: The album Bad is Released
The album Bad sets a new precedent, notching five number one singles on the Billboard Top 100 chart from the same album. These tracks include “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” and “Dirty Diana.” “Smooth Criminal,” “Another Part of Me,” also charted in the top 20.
February 10, 1993: Jackson is Interviewed by Oprah Winfrey
August 17, 1993: Jackson is Accused of Sexual Abuse
Following sexual abuse allegations, Michael Jackson makes a videotaped public statement regarding the investigation.
May 26, 1994: Michael Marries Lisa Marie Presley
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley first met in 1975 but reconnected in 1993 through a mutual friend. Presley was supportive during the child molestation investigation and said, “I believed he didn’t do anything wrong and that he was wrongly accused and yes I started falling for him. I wanted to save him. I felt that I could do it.”
The two share a kiss at the MTV Video Music Awards.
January 18, 1996: Jackson and Presley Divorce
November 15, 1996: Jackson Marries Debbie Rowe
Michael Jackson marries nurse Debbie Rowe and they have two children, Prince and Paris. In 2002, Jackson becomes the father of a third child through an unidentified surrogate, named Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson.
In 2002, shortly after “Blanket’s” birth, Jackson was criticized after he held the child over a hotel balcony while in Berlin, Germany. It was caught on video by media and adoring fans below.
June 25, 2009: Jackson is Rushed to a Hospital in Cardiac Arrest
Fans around the world go into shock after network news breaks into programming, reporting Michael Jackson was rushed to a hospital with cardiac arrest. A few hours later, it’s confirmed Jackson dies at the age of 50.
Here is a clip of a number of interviews with Michael Jackson throughout his life.