Today in MJJ HIStory
1969 – Michael (Not yet turned 11) and the Jackson 5 made their first television debut performing The Isley Brothers’ It’s Your Thing at the Miss Black America Pageant in Madison Square Garden, New York City, won by Gloria O. Smith, Miss New York.
1973 – The Jackson 5 performs in concert in Dallas, Texas.
1994 – Michael & Lisa on the covers of Salut & Jet.
1997 – Michael performs 2nd concert of Dangerous world tour at Wembley Stadium, London attending 72,000 fans.
1997 – Michael performs HIStory world tour at Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Estonia.
2001 – David Gest, producer of the 30th Anniversary concert tributes for Michael, has announced today that over 50 legendary actresses of the Silver Screen will be in attendance to help honor the King of Pop. The list of Hollywood’s golden glamor girls includes (alphabetically): Carroll Baker, Ann Blyth, Petula Clark, Angie Dickinson, Patty Duke, Rhonda Fleming, June Haver, Celeste Holm, Sally Ann Howes, Kim Hunter, Anne Jeffreys, Jennifer Jones, Eartha Kitt, Piper Laurie, Janet Leigh, Gina Lollobrigida, Ann Miller, Liza Minnelli, Patricia Neal, Margaret O’Brien, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Barbara Rush, Jane Russell, Ann Rutherford, Lizabeth Scott, Penny Singleton, Jill St. John, Elizabeth Taylor, Ruth Warrick, and Esther Williams.
Michael had this to say,
“I am honored these legendary ladies of the silver screen will be a part of those evenings. Each one of them is fondly remembered by moviegoers throughout the world for their unforgettable performances which have stood the test of time. To be in the same room with so many screen greats is a real honor.”
2004 – Security precautions for Michael Jackson at the court have been heightened after threats that had to do with inflicting bodily harm on the entertainer.
At a hearing on Thursday, defense attorneys for Michael Jackson showed a judge videotapes of the raid on November 18, 2003 on the Neverland Valley Ranch. At the hearing defense attorneys were attempting to limit the evidence prosecutors can present during trial in January. They argue that the search was overly broad and unjustified. In a one-hour excerpt from some 15 hours of video, detectives from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department trudged ahead of a videographer as they opened doors in Michael’s home, a Tudor-style mansion with dark wood paneling and glittery chandeliers. For example the detectives swept into the entertainer’s “toy room,” where his children often played with life-sized “Star Wars” figures and a larger-than-life Superman figure. They also videotaped the wine cellar, business office and the “classroom,” with its child-sized desks, where Michael had his children home-schooled. Michael and his family were not at home when the search began at 9 am and ended well after midnight. Some 40 officers participated, trucking with them portable toilets and two crime scene investigation trucks for collection of evidence.
2008 – The first release of the fan-voted album King of Pop (which is identical to the Swiss edition) was released in Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland.
On July 14, it was announced that German fans had until July 28 to choose their top 30 songs from an extensive pool of 121 tracks; the list contained almost every song Jackson released in his solo career. Notably expansions on the pool choice included: A larger option of tracks from Thriller 25 and the inclusion of 12 tracks from The Ultimate Collection. There were also 8 tracks included from the singers time in The Jackson 5/Jacksons; slightly more than the other versions.
The German Edition of ‘King of Pop’ is a 30-track compilation and contains 2 bonustracks – ‘Got the Hots’ (for the first time available on CD in Europe – from the original Thriller studio session) and a brandnew ‘Thriller MegaMix’ by Jason Nevins.