Birth name: Michael Joseph Jackson
Father: Joseph Jackson, crane operator/The Jackson 5 manager
Mother: Katherine (Scruse) Jackson
Marriages: Debbie Rowe (November 15, 1996-October 8, 1999, divorced); Lisa-Marie Presley (May 18, 1994-January 18, 1996, divorced)
Children: with an anonymous surrogate: Prince Michael II (aka Blanket), 2002; with Debbie Rowe: Paris, April 3, 1998; Prince Michael Joseph Jr., February 12, 1997
Nicknamed “The King of Pop.”
Seventh of nine children.
Began performing at age 5 with four of his five brothers (Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie), as The Jackson 5.
1968 – The Jackson 5 is signed by Motown Records.
November 1969 – The first single by the Jackson 5, “I Want You Back,” is released.
1971 – “Got to Be There” is released as Jackson’s first solo single.
1972 – “Ben” is Jackson’s first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975 – The group leaves Motown for Epic Records and changes its name to The Jacksons.
1978 – Jackson plays the Scarecrow in “The Wiz.” “Ease On Down the Road,” a duet with Diana Ross, is a hit single.
1979 – Debut solo album with Epic Records, “Off The Wall,” sells over 20 million copies and has four Top 10 singles. Released in August, the album is certified platinum in December.
November 30, 1982 – “Thriller” is released and is certified platinum the following January. That album and the song, “Billie Jean,” make him the first artist to have a number one pop single, pop album, R&B single and R&B album charts simultaneously.
1984 – Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards for “Thriller,” including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, male. He sets a record for the most Grammy wins on a single night.
1987 – “Bad” is released in August and is certified 4x platinum in December. Its five number-one singles set a record for a solo artist on one album.
November 1991 – Jackson’s 11-minute video for “Black or White” debuts during primetime on FOX, MTV and BET.
February 24, 1993 – Receives the honorary Grammy Legend Award.
August 1993 – A 13-year-old boy accuses Jackson of sexually molesting him repeatedly over a five-month period. The boy says that Jackson bathed with him, shared a bed with him, gave him gifts and trips, and fondled him.
September 22, 1994 – District attorneys for Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties announce they will not file criminal child molestation charges because the primary alleged victim decided not to testify.
September 7 and September 10, 2001 – Performs two concerts at Madison Square Garden, “Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years,” his first shows in the continental US since 1989.
June 13, 2002 – Jackson is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
June 16, 2004 – Jackson pays out approximately $25 million to settle civil suit by the 13-year-old boy who accused him of molesting him in 1993.
October 2006 – Settles with ex-wife Debbie Rowe, receiving full custody of the children in exchange for an undisclosed lump sum, reported to be in the millions.
November 2008 – Jackson, pressured by his financial problems, gives up sole ownership of Neverland Ranch. The property is now owned by Sycamore Valley Ranch Co. LLC, of which Jackson is a part owner.
February 2, 2009 – Is sued by John Landis over royalty rights to the new “Thriller” production on Broadway.
March 5, 2009 – Jackson announces his “This Is It” concert tour.
September 3, 2009 – Jackson is buried at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California.
October 28, 2009 – The documentary “This Is It” is released. The film consists of footage from Jackson’s rehearsals for shows in London that were scheduled to take place in July 2009. An album by the same name was released October 27, 2009 in the United States.
January 31, 2010 – Posthumously receives the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
June 26, 2011 – Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket is sold at auction for $1.8 million to Milton Verret of Austin, Texas.
November 21, 2011 – Jackson’s second posthumous album, “Immortal,” is released.
January 28, 2019 – Jackson’s family releases a statement condemning “Finding Neverland,” referring to the film and the surrounding hype as a “public lynching.”