Michael Jackson

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Birth

August 29, 1958

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana.

Michael joins his brother's group

1963

Michael joins his brother’s musical group, emerged as a lead vocalist, and the group was renamed the Jackson 5.

Record deal

1968

Berry Gordy signs a Motown record deal with the Jackson 5

Introduced to the music industry

August 1969

Jackson 5 introduced to the music industry as a special event

First album hits the charts

December 1969

Jackson 5’s first album "Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5" hits the charts in December

Cartoon show

1971 - 1973

The Jackson 5 became so popular that they had a self-titled cartoon show

First solo No. 1 single

1972

Michael’s album Ben featured the eponymous ballad about a rat and that song became his first solo No. 1 single

Breaking ties

1975

Jackson 5 begins breaking ties with the Motown

Emerge as talented song writers

1978

Michael and his brothers (now including his brother Randy) emerge as talented song writers after their album "Destiny" with Epic Records

Another solo album

1979

Released another solo album called "Off the Wall"

Duet

1982

Sang a duet with Paul McCartney

Releases a new album

1982

Released the album "Thriller" that held 7 of the top 10 hits

Grammys

1984

Won eight Grammys in one night

Top of the charts

1987

Reached top of the charts with new album "Bad"

Performance in Super Bowl

1993

Performed at the Super Bowl XXVII at half-time

Alligations emerge

1993

Allegations of molestation of a young boy emerged against Michael

Marriage

August 1994

Married Lisa Marie Presley in August

Divorce

1996

Got divorced from Lisa Marie Presley

New album

2001

Released new album called "Invincible"

Acquitted charges

July 14, 2005

July 14 Michael was acquitted of all charges against him, but his reputation was badly damaged and finances were in shambles

Loan

2008

Defaulted on a $23.5 million loan owed on his ranch

Death

June 25, 2009

Michael died suffering from cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home.

Citation

2013

"Michael Jackson Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2013.