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The Evolution of Michael Jackson

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    1972 - The Jackson 5 days.

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    1977 - A few years after signing with Epic Records, Michael and his brother continued to tour internationally and release more albums.

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    1978 - During this year, Michael starred as the Scarecrow in the musical, "The Wiz."

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    1978 - Michael Jackson attended a Grammy Awards reception.

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    1979 - Michael broke his nose during a dance routine, and after a rhinoplasty, complained of breathing difficulties. This led to a second nose job and subsequent operations.

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    1981 - Michael at his home in Encino.

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    1981 - Michael won American Music Awards for "Favorite Soul/R&B Album" and "Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist."

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    1983 - "Thriller" was the best selling album in the U.S., and worldwide.

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    1983 - "Thriller" was the first album to have seven Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles.

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    1984 - He won multiple Grammy Awards, including in the category "Album of the Year."

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    1986 - Michael was diagnosed with Vitiligo, which partially lightened his skin, and Lupus which was in remission. Both illnesses made him sensitive to sunlight.

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    1987 - Michael released his seventh studio album "Bad."

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    1988 - Michael donated $600,000 to The United Negro College Fund in conjunction with Pepsi-Cola.

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    1990 - By this time Michael had been named "King of Pop," and President George H.W. Bush designated him the White House's "Artist of the Decade."

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    1993 - Michael won the Grammy Legend Award.

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    1993 - Michael performed during halftime at Superbowl XXVII.

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    1995 - Michael merged his ATV Music catalog with Sony's music publishing division creating Sony/ATV Music Publishing, of which he retained half of ownership.

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    1997 - Michael performed 82 concerts in 58 cities to over 4.5 million fans.

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    2002 - Michael testified during his civil trial, being sued for $21 million by his longtime promoter for backing out of two concerts.

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    2002 - Michael won his 22nd American Music Award for "Artist of the Century."

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    2002 - Michael brought his newborn son Prince Michael Jackson II (aka "Blanket") onto the balcony of his hotel room in Berlin. With a cloth loosely draped over the baby's face, he famously, briefly extended his son over a railing, four stories above ground level.

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    2004 - Michael appeared in court for the Michael Jackson child molestation case.

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    2005 - The child molestation case continues.

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    2005 - Michael was acquitted on all counts of a second child molestation case.

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    2006 - Michael performed World Music Awards.

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    2006 - The main house at Michael's Neverland Ranch was closed as a cost-cutting measure.

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    2008 - Michael surprised guests at designer Christian Audigier's 50th Birthday Bash.

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