Today in History

18Th October

1969 - The Jackson 5 made their U.S. television debut on ABC-TV's "Hollywood Place."

1980 - The Jackson's album "Triumph" hit #13 in the U.K.


17Th October

2001 - Michael Jackson's publicist released a lineup of artists to participate in Jackson's benefit single "What More Can I Give." The single was a benefit for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S. The list included Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin, Tom Petty, Carlos Santana, Celine Dion, Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Usher, Julio Iglesias, Reba McEntire, Luther Vandross, Brian McKnight, Aaron Carter, Jon Secada, Billy Gilman, Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman, Alejandro Sanz, Christian Castro, Olga Tañón, Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Thalía, Ziggy Marley and 3LW.  

15Th October

1996 - Superior Court Judge Reginald Dunn ruled that Victor Gutierrez must pay Michael Jackson damages for refusing to identify the source that had shown him a video of Jackson allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old boy.

19Th September

1981 - A video of the Jacksons' "The Triumph (Can You Feel It)" was aired for the first time on "American Bandstand."

1987 - Michael Jackson's "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" hit #1 on the U.S. Hot 100 and R&B charts.

1998 - Michael Jackson was listed as the #1 male artist in Billboard Magazines's 40th Anniversary release.

1991 - An episode of "The Simpsons" aired that featured a voiceover by Michael Jackson.

1992 - Michael Jackson's "Jam" hit #13 in the U.K.

1992 - HBO taped a Michael Jackson show in Bucharest, Romania. They broadcasted the show on October 10th under the name "From Bucharest - The Dangerous Tour."

1998 - Billboard Magazine celebrated the 40th anniversary of their "singles chart" by compiling a list of th top songs over the past four decades. They listed Michael Jackson as the #1 male artist with the "Most #1 hits."

18Th September

1984 - Michael Jackson won Best Overall Performance Video for "Thriller" at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards.

1986 - Michael Jackson's "Captain Eo" opened at Disneyland in the Magic Eye theater. The film actually debuted in Disneyland's Journey into Imagination at Epcot Center on September 12.

1989 - A California Raisins commercial that featured a "claymation" version of Michael Jackson debuted on U.S. television.

13Th September

1989 - Michael Jackson signed a $28 million deal with L.A. Gear. The deal was dropped after only one commercial.

1995 - Michael Jackson's "Dangerous - The Short Films" was certified Platinum.

2003 - Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch was opened for a "once in a lifetime" event for guests that had paid $5,000 for a tour and two meals.

12Th September

1986 - Michael Jackson's "Captain Eo" debuted at Disneyland's Journey into Imagination at Epcot Center. The film opened at Disneyland's Magic Eye theater on September 18.

1987 - Michael Jackson began his Bad Tour.

1987 - Michael Jackson's album "Bad" debuted at #1 in the U.K.

1995 - Michael Jackson's maxi single "The Remixes" was released.

1995 - Michael Jackson's "Video Greatest Hits - History" was certified 2 times Platinum.

1997 - Michael Jackson talked about the recent death of Britain's Princess Diana with 20/20'1 Barbara Walters.

11Th September

1971 - The animated "The Jackson Five" TV series debuted on ABC.

1987 - Paula Abdul won a choreographer award for Janet Jackson's video "Nasty" at the fourth annual MTV Video Music Awards.

1992 - L.A. Gear filed a suit against Michael Jackson for breach of contract and fraud over a prior endorsement deal.

1993 - Janet Jackson's "If" hit #4 in the U.S.

1993 - Janet Jackson made her movie debut in John Singleton's "Poetic Justice."

1993 - Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There" hit #7 in the U.S. It was the first release from Jackson's MJJ label.

1995 - Janet Jackson's "Runaway" made history by becoming the first single by a woman to make its debut in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100.

10Th September

2001 - Michael Jackson performed a second special concert to celebrate his 30 years as a solo artist. He played a first show on September 7th.

9Th September

1992 - A live performance by Michael Jackson was broadcast via satellite to the ninth annual MTV Video Music Awards. Jackson performed the song "Black and White."

1995 - Michael Jackson's single "You Are Not Alone" hit #1 in the U.K.

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