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August 29, 1958--Michael Joseph Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana. He is Joseph and Katherine Jackson's seventh child of nine.1964--Jackson and brothers Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine form the singing group the Jackson 5 1968--The Jackson 5 sign to Barry Gordy's Motown Records. October 7, 1969--The Jackson 5 score their first number one hit with "I Want You Back" January 24, 1972--Jackson releases his first solo album, "Got to Be There"1975--The Jackson 5 leaves MotownJune 1975--The Jackson 5 signs a new contract with CBS RecordsOctober 24, 1978--Jackson makes big screen debut as the Scarecrow on the Wiz, where he first meets legendary producer Quincy Jones during the musical film's production.1979--Jackson broke away from his brothers to go solo.November 30, 1982 Jackson Releases "Thriller", the highest selling album of all time at 109 million sold to date. March 25, 1983--Jackson performs live on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special. He debuts his signature dance move--the moonwalk. December 2, 1983--Premieres the video for "Thriller", breaking the racial barrier of MTV's reluctance to play black videos.January 27, 1984--Jackson suffers second degree burns to his scalp after pyrotechnics accidentally set his hair on fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. May 14, 1984--Jackson is invited to the White House to receive an award presented by U.S. President Ronald Reagan for his work with charities.March 7, 1985--Releases benefit song "We Are the World", which features 45 popular signers such as Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Ray Charles. August 31, 1987--Releases "Bad", the follow-up album to Thriller. Feburary 10, 1993--Jackson first speaks openly about his childhood abuse from his father in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.1993--Michael Jackson is accused of child abuse for the first time.February 6, 2003--British journalist Martin Bashir's famously candid interview with Jackson airs in the US. Controversy ensues after Jackson admits to letting underage children sleep with him in his bed.May 2005--Jackson is acquitted of seven counts of child sexual abuse 2008--Jackson announces a tour of 50 concerts in London, set for July 2009.June 25, 2009--Jackson dies of cardiac arrest.