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Michael Jackson's 51st Birthday Celebrated at Global Tributes

August 31, 2009 2:04 PM ET

Saturday, August 29th, would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday, and to mark the occasion, cities around the world celebrated the King of Pop with gatherings honoring Jackson's musical legacy. One of the most noteworthy tributes took place in Mexico City, where a reported 12,397 — and countless more spectators — gathered to break the world record for the most people to partake in the famed "Thriller" dance at the same time. Video of the feat is below, and while the Mexican mob isn't as synchronized or fluid as those Philippines prisoners, the mere size of the crowd is staggering.

Look back at Michael Jackson's life, in photos.

As Rock Daily reported last week, Spike Lee hosted a tribute to Jackson in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Despite heavy rains, that event attracted about 10,000 people as a DJ filled the park with Jackson's music. Lee, who directed the video for Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us," said he hoped to make the "joyous, festive and celebratory" Prospect Park party an annual event. See video from the event here:

Check out photos from Spike Lee's Brooklyn Jackson memorial.

Other cities that featured "Thriller" flash mobs include Paris, London and Moscow. We took a world tour of YouTube for all the best Jackson tributes from August 29th, which you can watch below.

According to the BBC, Jackson's childhood home of Gary, Indiana held a street party, while fans flocked to Jackson's Neverland Ranch and his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California. As Rock Daily previously reported, Jackson was originally supposed to be laid to rest at the Forest Lawn Great Mausoleum in Glendale, California on August 29th, but instead the burial was ultimately pushed to Thursday, September 3rd. Sadly, the worldwide celebrations on Saturday were slightly clouded by news Friday that Jackson's death had been ruled a homicide.

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