Today in MJJ HIStory
1987 – Michael’s duet with Siedah Garret “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” reached #1 in the UK Singles chart replacing Los Lobos’s hit La Bamba, and stay there for 2 weeks.
Michael was in Hong Kong for a short visit.
1993 – Michael Jackson began the second leg of Dangerous World tour in Hong Kong.
1995 – “You Are Not Alone”, the second single from from “HIStory” album was released in America, and went on to create chart history.
The single debuted at number 1 on the US charts, smashing the previous record set by “Scream”. “You Are Not Alone” was the first song to ever debut at number one on the US Billboard Chart. Michael broke his own record which he set with “Scream” 2 1/2 months ago [“Scream” entered the Billboard charts at number 5, being the then-highest entry of all time]. The number one position is the highest possible debuting position on the single-charts. This record can only be tied but never be broken. Michael was honored with the “Billboard Hot 100 Achievement Award” for having the first ever single in the history of the Billboard charts, “You Are Not Alone”, to debut at number one on the charts!
The single was a worldwide smash, reaching number 1 in six countries and record sales for HIStory soared.
The short film to accompany the song was directed by Wayne Isham and featured Lisa Marie Presley.
1999 – On Sunday, the Dalai Lama, earthly embodiment of the Buddha of Compassion granted an audience to Michael Jackson.
It was the first meeting between His Holiness and Michael. The meeting took place at the Mark Hotel. The Dalai Lama and Michael spoke for about 20 minutes
The Dalai Lama left New York Yesterday, but Michael remained in New York finishing an album. While there, he dined at a New York apartment with Dolly Parton and Elizabeth Taylor. According to a source, the focus of much of their talk was the death of John Kennedy Jr. and the dangers Celebrities face when flying private planes.
2004 – Michael Jackson was a special guest of Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, one of the most respected churches in the Los Angeles African-American community.
At 10:00 a.m. Michael Jackson, his youngest brother Randy Jackson, entertainer Steve Harvey, and attorney Mr. Thomas Messerau sat comfortably towards the back of the church and enjoyed the service. Although news of Michael’s appearance was not widely publicized, the press from most major news channels were on hand. Much of the public learned of Michael’s appearance from hearing it mentioned on the Steve Harvey radio program earlier. There were a handful of fans who knew where First AME Church was located and were able to be there to greet Michael. After Michael left the church he made his way to the Cecil F. Murray Education Center, a small school a block away that is run by First AME Church. There, he was scheduled to greet a class room full of about 25 African-American children. The press were told before Michael entered the room that there would be absolutely no questions that would be allowed by the press.