Timeline of Michael Jackson's life and career

Friday, June 26, 2009 | 1:33 p.m. CDT; updated 1:46 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 26, 2009

Aug. 29, 1958: Prince of pop Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Ind.

1964: The Jackson 5 is established, with Michael as lead singer.

1970: "I Want You Back" by Jackson 5 tops the charts.

Nov. 6, 1971: The Jackson 5 releases its first album, "Got to Be There," containing the hits "Got to Be There" and "Rockin' Robin."

Oct. 14, 1972: Jackson's first solo No. 1 single, "Ben," the title song from the movie (and album) of the same name, is released.

1978: Playing the Scarecrow in "The Wiz," Jackson makes his film debut. It is this year that Jackson is believed to have had the first plastic surgery on his nose after a dancing accident in which he broke it.

Aug. 5, 1979: "Off the Wall," Jackson's first studio album, is released.

Jan. 18, 1980: The American Music Awards are dominated in the soul categories by Jackson, with awards for favorite male vocalist, favorite single ("Don't Stop Till You Get Enough") and favorite album ("Off the Wall").

December 1982: The now-solo Jackson sees his biggest album, "Thriller," break music-world records. The album is No. 1 in the U.S. for 37 weeks straight, with hits including "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and "Thriller." Jackson's Moonwalk dance move and the mini-movie video for "Thriller" become part of the sensation.

March 31, 1983: "Beat It" breaks MTV's color barrier. The channel reaches 10 million homes.

Dec. 2, 1983: MTV scores another coup, debuting Jackson's 14-minute video for "Thriller."

Jan. 27, 1984: Jackson is hospitalized after a smoke bomb burns his scalp while he's filming a spot for a Pepsi campaign.

May 1984: Mick Jagger and Jackson record "State of Shock" at New York's A&R Studio.

July-December 1984: The Jacksons' Victory Tour, promoted and financed by Chuck Sullivan, loses about $20 million.

1985: Co-writes (with Lionel Richie) "We Are the World." The same year Jackson invests $40 million in the catalog that controls the rights to Beatles songs.

September 1986: The National Enquirer publishes a photo of Jackson in what appears to be a hyperbaric chamber, or oxygen tent. The singer says it's part of program to extend his life beyond its natural span.

Sept. 12, 1986: Jackson's 3-D musical film "Captain Eo" (directed by Francis Ford Coppola) premieres at Epcot's Journey Into Imagination.

1987: Jackson reportedly offers $1 million for the skeleton of the "Elephant Man." Also that year, he releases the album "Bad," which becomes another international hit.

May 1989: Jackson dissolves his association with the Jehovah's Witnesses.

June 1989: AIDS patient Ryan White receives a Ford Mustang as a gift from a mysterious benefactor. Mrs. White says she believes the gift was from Jackson.

March 1991: Jackson signs a contract with Sony reputedly worth $1 billion.

Oct. 6, 1991: Jackson gives actress Elizabeth Taylor away at her marriage to Larry Fortensky.

November 1991: Jackson apologizes after a four-minute coda to his video "Black or White," showing the singer rubbing his crotch and vandalizing a car, causes a public uproar.

Feb. 10, 1993: In a telecast that draws 62 million viewers, Oprah Winfrey speaks with Jackson. It is his first solo interview in nearly a decade. Jackson tells her that being a child performer prevented him from having a typical childhood. "I compensate for that," he told Winfrey. "People always wonder why I have children around. ... I adore all that stuff."

Aug. 17, 1993: Jackson becomes the subject of a criminal investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department after a 13-year-old boy tells authorities the singer sexually abused him over four months. Anthony Pellicano, Jackson's private detective, says the singer is the victim of a $20-million extortion attempt by the boy's father.

Sept. 14, 1993: The boy files a civil suit against Jackson, accusing him of sexual battery, negligence and fraud. Four months later, Jackson, while declaring his innocence, settles the lawsuit, agreeing to pay him a reported $15 million.

Nov. 12, 1993: After being dogged by the allegations and missing several concerts, Jackson abruptly cancels his tour in Mexico City. In a televised statement, he says he is addicted to painkillers and is seeking treatment. PepsiCo later announces that it has terminated its multimillion-dollar, nine-year sponsorship of Jackson because of the canceled tour.

Dec. 8, 1993: Jackson's sister LaToya accuses her brother of sexually molesting young boys, saying, "This has been going on since 1981, and it's not just one child." Other members of Jackson's family rally to his defense and brand LaToya a profiteering liar.

Dec. 22, 1993: Breaking a five-week silence, Jackson says in a televised statement that allegations against him are "disgusting" and "totally false."

February-March 1994: Both the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury and Los Angeles County Grand Jury begin hearing testimony.

May 26, 1994: Jackson weds Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of late rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley, in a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic.

Sept. 21, 1994: Prosecutors say no charges will be filed against Jackson because the boy refused to testify. But they can reconsider at any point until the six-year statute of limitations expires.

June 1995: "You Are Not Alone," a single from the two-disc CD set of HIStory, is released. The album sells poorly, failing to make back the more than $35-million promotional expense.

December 1995: Jackson collapses at New York's Beacon Theater while rehearsing for a TV special and is hospitalized.

Jan. 18, 1996: Lisa Marie divorces Jackson.

Nov. 15, 1996: Jackson marries dermatology nurse Debbie Rowe, six months pregnant with their child.

Feb. 13, 1997: The couple welcome son Prince, and after saying he wants the child to have a "normal life," Jackson sells baby pictures to the National Enquirer and Britain's OK.

May 6, 1997: Jackson and his brothers are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

July 7, 1998: Don Barden, a Detroit businessman, joins Jackson in unveiling their plans for a $1-billion entertainment and casino complex in that city to be called Majestic Kingdom. It would include the Michael Jackson Thriller Theme Park, a hotel resort designed by the singer, a casino, botanical gardens, nightclubs and restaurants. Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, his second child by Rowe, is born.

October 2001: The album "Invincible," which cost Sony an estimated $25 million to produce, is released. It is a commercial and critical flop.

2002: His third child, Prince Michael II ("Blanket"), is born. Jackson tells an interviewer the baby was conceived by a surrogate mother impregnated with his own sperm; he said a contractual agreement prevented him from identifying her.

November 2002: Jackson makes headlines for dangling Prince Michael II over the balcony of his Berlin hotel room. He appears at a civil trial in Santa Maria, on crutches.

February 2003: An interview with Jackson by British journalist Martin Bashir airs on ABC's "20/20" and draws 27.1 million viewers.

June 2003: Jackson settles a $12-million breach-of-contract lawsuit by his former top adviser, avoiding a trial that threatened to spill details of his financial empire into open court.

Nov. 18, 2003: Scores of Santa Barbara County law-enforcement officers descend on Neverland Ranch, searching the amusement park estate for evidence in what authorities will only describe as an "ongoing criminal investigation." A warrant is issued later for his arrest.

Nov. 20, 2003: Jackson is charged with multiple counts of child molestation. He is released after posting $3 million bail. According to a lawyer for the Jackson family, the case stemmed from a 12-year-old boy's charges of molestation during visits to Neverland in the winter of 2002. Sources say the boy alleged that Jackson served him wine and then molested him several times.

April 21, 2004: A grand jury indicts Jackson on charges that he molested the boy and used alcohol to seduce him. He pleads not guilty.

Dec. 3-4, 2004: Neverland is searched again. Jackson provides a DNA sample.

Feb. 28, 2005: The trial begins. Over the next 14 weeks, it makes headlines with its sensational revelations, celebrity witnesses Jay Leno and Macaulay Culkin, and Jackson's mysterious ailments and strange behavior, which include showing up for court one day in pajama pants topped by a tuxedo jacket.

June 13, 2005: The trial ends with Jackson's acquittal on all counts.

May 2009: It is reported that Jackson is in rehearsals for an ambitious schedule of 50 concerts to begin at O2 Arena in London on July 8. It is to be his first extended concert run in 12 years.

June 25, 2009: Jackson is rushed to a hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics, who find him in cardiac arrest and not breathing. Efforts to revive him are unsuccessful.

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charli turbo June 27, 2009 | 12:21 a.m.

Pay your final respects to a great star who will be deeply missed!!!

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