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Michael Jackson: A Look Back at His Life and Career

Michael Jackson Timeline: Circa 1970: Jaskson Five

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Michael Jackson (center) photographed with the Jackson 5.

 

Michael Jackson Timeline: Circa 1980: Michael and Mic

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Michael Jackson photographed inside a recording studio.

Michael Jackson Timeline: Circa 1980: Michael and mice

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Michael Jackson photographed with pet mice in the early 1970s.

 

Michael Jackson Timeline: Circa 1970: Jackson family photo

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Michael Jackson and his brothers photographed with their father, Joe.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1971 - at the piano

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Jackson during concert rehearsals at Modern Musical Services in Hollywood circa 1971.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1971 - with a dog

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1971

Jackson at a photo shoot in Los Angeles on June 12, 1971, when the future King of Pop was only 12 years old.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1971, June : Michael and Jermaine

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1971

Michael and Jermaine Jackson prepare for a photo shoot in Los Angeles on June 12, 1971.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1972

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1972

A Jackson close-up from a 1972 photo shoot at the family's Hollywood Hills home.

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1972 - Basketball

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1972

An outtake from a photo shoot circa 1972 at the Jackson's Hollywood Hills home.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1972 - with Janet

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1972

A photo of Michael Jackson with sister Janet at a 1972 shoot at the Jackson's Hollywood Hills residence.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1972 - with Marlon backstage

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1972

Michael and Marlon Jackson relaxing backstage at the Forum in Inglewood, California, on August 26, 1972.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1973 - concert

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1973

A shot from the Jackson 5's August 26, 1973 concert at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1973 - Tokyo

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1973

Michael, Tito and Jackie Jackson see the sights in Tokyo on May 7, 1973.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1974 - Concert

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1974

Jackson during a June 6, 1974 concert at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1978

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1978

Jackson dries off on the set of the Rock n' Roll Sports Classic in 1978.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1978 - with Randy network stars

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1978

Michael and Randy Jackson chat on the set of the Rock n' Roll Sports Classic, a slightly different version of ABC's Battle of the Network Stars. The show was taped in Los Angeles and aired on May 3, 1978.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1980 - top ten singles

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1980

Jackson receives an award for his four Top 10 singles from Off the Wall from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on September 3, 1980, as Jackie looks on.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1981 - Brook Shields ACADEMY AWARDS

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1981

Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields attend the 53rd Annual Academy Awards on March 31, 1981 in Los Angeles.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1984 grammy awards

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1984

Jackson and Quincy Jones at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards on February 28, 1984 in Los Angeles, where Jackson picked up eight trophies.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1985 -,london waving from car

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1985

Jackson greets cheering fans as he arrives at London's Madame Tussards Waxwork Museum to unveil his wax figure in 1985.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1986 grammy awards

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1986

Quincy Jones, Dionne Warwick, Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie backstage at the Grammys in Los Angeles on February 25, 1986. Jackson and Richie won Song of the Year for "We Are the World."

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1988- airplane with child

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1988

 Jackson with 10-year-old fan Jimmy Suchcraft on his tour plane on July 10, 1988.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1988 BAD TOUR

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1988

Jackson performs during his Bad tour at London's Wembley Stadium on July 15, 1988. He achieved a Guinness World Record during the run, with 504,000 people attending seven sold-out shows at Wembley.

 

Michael Jackson Timeline: 1988: Bad Tour

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1988

Michael Jackson performs at the Richfield Coliseum during the Bad tour in 1988.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1993 - with janet

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1993

Jackson kisses his sister, Janet, after she presented him with Grammy's Legend Award on February 24, 1993.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1993 - with Liz Taylor

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1993

Elizabeth Taylor and Jackson hold one of the two trophies he won on January 25, 1993 at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1993 Super Bowl

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1993

Jackson performs during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXVII at Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl on January 31, 1993.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1993 -with child in car

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1993

Jackson holds an unidentified child in a limo on May 13, 1993 after attending the World Music Awards in Monaco the night before.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1995 with LISA MARIE

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1995

Jackson takes a stroll with his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley on April 18, 1995 at his Neverland Ranch in Los Angeles.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1996 - HIStory Tour

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1996

Jackson performs during his "HIStory" world tour at New Zealand's Ericsson Stadium on November 10, 1996.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 1997 backstage HIStory tour

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1997

Jackson backstage during a 1997 "HIStory" tour stop in New York.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2001 - MSG with USher

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2001

Usher joins Jackson at one of his two September, 2001 30th anniversary celebrations in New York.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2001 - performing with bros

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2001

Jackson performs with his brothers at his 30th anniversary celebration on September 10, 2001 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2001 - with NSync

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2001

Jackson performs with 'NSYNC during his "30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years" concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2001.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2001 -msg

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2001

Jackson revisits some of his most famous moments during the "30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years" concert New York's Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2001.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2001 with britney

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2001

Jackson performs with Britney Spears at Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2001. It was the first of two New York gigs he played as part of his "30th Anniversary Celebration, the Solo Years."

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2002 - fans

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2002

Jackson waves to fans from his limo in the Harlem neighborhood of New York on July 6, 2002.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2002 trial with mask

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2002

Jackson arrives at Santa Maria Superior Court on November 13, 2002 to stand trial for breach of contract and fraud for allegedly backing out of two New Year's Eve shows in 1999.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2002 with britney confused

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2002

Britney Spears reacts as Michael Jackson walks onstage to celebrate his birthday at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 29, 2002 in New York. Jackson mistakenly thought he was receiving an "Artist of the Millennium Award" based on something Spears said in her introduction.

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2003 MUGHSOT

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2003

Jackson's mug shot: the singer was booked on multiple counts of child molestation on November 20, 2003 in Santa Barbara, California.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2004 - Court

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2004

Jackson undergoes a security check as he enters the courthouse in Santa Maria, California for his arraignment on child-molestation charges on January 16, 2004. Jackson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2005 - Court with Joe (dad)

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2004

Jackson and his father Joe wave to fans as they exit court, where the singer was facing child molestation charges on June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2005 -trial with latoya and janet

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2004

Jackson with sisters LaToya and Janet exit the Santa Maria courthouse on August 16, 2004 in Santa Maria, California.

 

Michael Jackson 50th Birthday: 2006 - fans WMA's

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2006

Jackson greets fans as he arrives at the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court on November 15, 2006 in London.

 

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