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Today in MJJ HIStory


1972 – The Jackson 5 perform for “Save The Children”, a film theme of the 1972 “Black Exposition” and conducted by “Operation PUSH” (“People To Save Humanity”).

In honor of the Save The Children foundation, the Jackson 5 participate, with the greatest Black artists of the era, at the series of concerts given during 5 days at t annual event organized by the Reverend Jesse Jackson in Chicago. The Black PUSH Expo ’72 benefit concert at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, IL at the PUSH Expo: Save the Children (2:00 pm show). The Jackson 5ive performing I Want You Back, ABC & I Wanna Be Where You Are.

The show was filmed and included in the concert movie double LP Save The Children includes the best moments: the event highlighting, among musical acts, footage of the city’s black population, their churches, schools, slums and playgrounds, and promoting the hope for an improved future, benefiting the children of Chicago, Illinois. It was released a few month later, in 1974, at Motown, which artists are widely represented.

1983 – The Jacksons sign boxing tycoon, Don King, as promoter of their forthcoming tour.

When King contracted to stage the “Victory Tour” in 1984 he no doubt saw it as the first step to becoming the biggest promoter in the world of entertainment . “Thriller” had come out the year before, and Michael Jackson was the biggest name in show business. And King as the co-promoted the Victory Tour netted approximately $150 million.
According to Michael Jackson attorney Michael Branca, Michael did not want to be associated with King but went along with his participation due to pressure by his parents and his brothers.
Branca thought King wanted to use the tour as a “beachhead” to become a dominant music promoter.

King & The King: Don King with Michael Jackson. Instead of hanging in King’s office, the photo of him with the King of Pop — taken circa 1983 at Michael’s house in Los Angeles — is at King’s home

1992 – Michael officially launched his Foundation in Bucharest, Romania.

At “Teatrul de Revista Constantin Tanase” theater from Bucharest, Michael holds a press conference before his Dangerous concert there, discussing the Heal The World Foundation tenets in a press conference, before which a group of children sing “Heal The World” to him.
“I’m very happy to be here… in Romania, and (?) my concert live on HBO, and to help the children. Dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Prime Minister. These children are as dear to me as all the children of the world. Today, I’ve had the opportunity to see the face of transformation and civilization. A moment like this means healing the world. We must heal the world and ourselves. We have to weave our life like a web, because we are part of this web. Out of negligence, we have contaminated and polluted our planet and, in exchange, we hurt ourselves. In the life songs of ages is the dance of our blood. The environment is an extension of our body and it gives the pulse of love, is the orchestra of universe’s symphony. It is music’s territory and enables us to rediscover our souls. Let’s rejoice together in love today, unity and conciliation. Let’s heal everybody and, thus, heal ourselves. Let us make a covenant with life and let us celebrate with joy a new world… and healed. Thank you… especially, to all the children of the world. I love you all. Thank you so much.. Thank you..”

He also finances a playground for 500 homeless children there via Playday, in the amount of 10,000 dollars, and inaugurated by then Romanian President, Ion Iliescu. A portion of the proceeds from this concert is reported to have been directed to the Serbian refugees at the time. A press booklet distributed at the launch contained an interview with Michael, in which he described the Heal The World Foundation as ‘an international foundation I have formed to formalise, focus and spearhead my activities and desires, to help improve conditions in our world… In order to heal the world, we must start by first healing our children.’

Michael visits the “Leaganul De Copii Sfanta Ecaterina” care facility and its children, in Bucharest, Romania, on a halt from his “Dangerous” tour. He spends quite a large amount of time in the orphanage, where 5-year old Alice, whose mother was an employee at the facility, gives to a gracious Jackson a drawing and photo album created by the home’s children, which he patiently browses.

During his stay in Bucharest, he also takes time to visit the Snagov Monastery, built by Vlad Tepes, the so-called Dracula; he requests privacy, and spends 6 hours inside, reportedly, in order to pray and explore the building, but agrees to sign an autograph for one of the female journalists waiting outside.

1996 – Michael performs HIStory tour at Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam [The Netherlands] attending 50,000 fans.

1999Glucks Post magazine(Austria) featured MJ on the cover.


2000 – Michael sells his merchandising rights to Dieter Wiesner who creates MJ NET Entertainment.

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