Michael Joseph Jackson was born Aug. 29, 1958, to Joe and Katherine Jackson in Gary, Ind. He was the eighth of 10 children. The family lived in a three-bedroom house.
In 1964, Michael and Marlon joined their brothers' band the Jackson Brothers, which later became known as the Jackson 5.
The group signed with Motown Records in 1968 and set a chart record when its first four singles peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Released in 1979, Michael's first solo album became the first to generate four U.S. top 10 hits, including the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You."
His most prolific album, "Thriller," was released in late 1982 and became the best-selling album of all time in the U.S. and worldwide, selling an estimated 110 million copies so far.
In March 1983, Jackson reunited with his brothers for a legendary live performance which was taped for a Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special. He debuted the moonwalk, his signature dance move.
n 1984, Jackson was invited to the White House to receive an award from President Ronald Reagan for his support of charities that helped people overcome alcohol and drug abuse.
Jackson collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola on the 3-D film "Captain EO, " which debuted in September 1986 at Disneyland and the Epcot Center in Florida.
During the late 1980s, Jackson's appearance began to change and he became the subject of increasingly sensational reports -- including one that he slept in a hyperbaric chamber.
Elizabeth Taylor popularized the "King of Pop" nickname when she presented Jackson with the Soul Train Heritage Award in 1989, proclaiming him "the true king of pop, rock and soul.
Jackson gave a 90-minute interview to Oprah Winfrey in February 1993, detailing abuse at the hands of his father. He appeared during the Super Bowl halftime show that year, and faced his first child molestation allegations that summer.
In May 1994, Jackson married the daughter of Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley. The two first met in 1975 and he proposed to her over the phone. They divorced less than two years later.
During his 1996-97 HIStory Word Tour, Jackson married his second wife, longtime friend and dermatologist Debbie Rowe, who is the mother of his two eldest children, Prince and Paris.
In September 2001, two 30th Anniversary concerts were held at Madison Square Garden to mark the singer's 30th year as a solo artist. Here, he performs with Britney Spears.
In November 2002, Jackson caused a firestorm by dangling his third child, nicknamed Blanket, from the balcony of his room at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin as fans stood below.
In 2003, Jackson was arrested and charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent in relation to a 13-year-old boy shown in the documentary "Living With Michael Jackson."
The trial began in January 2005 and lasted five months. In June 2005, Jackson was acquitted of all charges and moved his family to Bahrain as a guest of Sheikh Abdullah.
In November 2006, Jackson performed at the World Music Awards in London and accepted a Diamond Award for selling more than 100 million records.
In March 2009, Jackson held a press conference at London's O2 Arena and announced a series of comeback concerts titled "This Is It."
On June 25, 2009, Jackson died in his bed at his rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles despite his doctor's efforts to revive him.
Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Usher were among the performers at Jackson's memorial July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, was found guilty in November 2011 of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death and was sentenced to four years in prison.
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