MICHAEL JACKSON

MICHAEL JACKSON

The artist Michael Jackson performing his song “Jam” as part of his Dangerous World Tour in Europe in 1992

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“Liar, liar, Pants on fire,
Nose as long as a telephone wire!”

The Michael Jackson that I knew is portrayed in this YouTube video ‘Michael Jackson is innocent.’ After watching this news and documentary video, I guarantee you will love him again. I guarantee you will sing along with him again. And yes, I guarantee, you will dance with him again. I need a second of your time to prove Michael Jackson’s innocence, and this proof is unquestionable, because this documentary is public knowledge, and can be viewed in this video below. What is the Truth? You determine that for yourself, if Michael is innocent,or not. In my opinion, Michael deserves one last video to prove his innocence, and defend his honor, today, tomorrow, and forever.
Peace Love & Light be upon you,

Sir William

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Michael Jackson is innocent!
Published on Sep 4, 2018
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Lies run sprints,
but the truth, runs marathons.”
Michael Jackson

Thank you for watching this video. Your feelings about Michael Jackson going forward can now go forward with the knowledge of Michael’s side of the story. As we all know, there are always two sides to every story, and this is Michael’s side of the story. The Truth! Now,it is my honor, to present to you….

‘The Greatest Entertainer of All Time’

MICHAEL JACKSON

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter and dancer. Michael was the “King of Pop”, and he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and is also regarded as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Jackson’s contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

MTV Fame

The eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael Jackson made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. His music videos, including those for “Beat It’, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller “from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. Michael Jackson’s popularity helped bring the television channel MTV to fame.

Moonwalker

Michael Jackson’s 1987 album Bad produced the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror”, and “Dirty Diana”, becoming the first album to have five number-one singles in the nation. He continued to innovate with videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” throughout the 1990s. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the famous moonwalk, to which he gave the name.

“Artist of the Century”
350 Million Records Sold Worldwide

Michael Jackson’s distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous artists of various genres. In fact, Michael Jackson is the third-best-selling music artist of all time, with estimated sales of over 350 million records sold worldwide, and still continuing to sell worldwide. Michael won hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music.

Michael is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame as the only dancer from pop and rock music. His other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records including the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time, 13 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Legend Award, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 26 American Music Awards – more than any other artist—including the “Artist of the Century”, 13 number-one singles in the US during his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era. 

Thriller
(Best-selling Album of All Time)

Michael Jackson’s Thriller album is the best-selling album of all time, with sales of 66 million copies worldwide.  Jackson’s other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world’s best-selling albums. 

Michael Jackson’s World Concerts
Victory Tour

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Dates: Jul 6, 1984 – Dec 9, 1984

No. of shows: 47 in United States; 8 in Canada; 55 played

Box office: 75 million USD ($177 million in 2017 dollars)

Attendance: 2,000,000

Location: North America

Associated albums: Victory; Thriller

The Victory Tour was a concert tour of the United States and Canada by the famous Jackson 5, between July and December 1984. It was the only tour with all six Jackson brothers, even though Jackie was injured for most of it. The group performed 55 concerts to an audience of approximately 2 million. Most came to see Michael, whose album Thriller had had been dominating the popular music world at the time. Many consider it to be his Thriller tour, with most of the songs on the set list coming from his Off the Wall and Thriller albums. The tour reportedly grossed approximately $75 million ($181 million in 2018 dollars) and set a new record for the highest-grossing tour. It showcased Michael’s single decorated glove, black sequined jacket and moonwalk.

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Michael Jackson’s “Victory Tour”

In 1984, Michael also announced he would donate all his earnings, 5 million dollars, from his Victory Tour to charity upon controversy for the expensive tickets and he convinced his tour promoter to reduce the price of the concert tickets. Michael performed 55 shows, attended by over 2 million people and grossed over 75 million dollars, which was a record at the time. The Michael’s Victory Tour was the last series of concerts he gave as member of the famous Jackson 5.

Bad World Tour

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Poster of Michael Jackson’s Bad World Tour

Dates: Sep 12, 1987 – Jan 27, 1989

Associated album: Bad

Box office: 125.8 million USD ($248.36 in 2017 dollars)

Attendance: 4,500,000 

Bad was the first solo concert tour by American recording artist Michael Jackson, it was launched in support of his seventh studio album Bad (1987). Sponsored by Pepsi and spanning 16 months, the tour included 123 concerts to 4.4 million fans across 15 countries. It grossed a total of $125 million. The Bad World Tour earned two new entries in the Guinness World Records for the largest grossing tour in history and the tour with the largest attended audience. The Bad Tour was nominated for “Tour of the Year 1988” at the inaugural International Rock Awards.

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Michael Jackson’s “Bad World Tour”

During 1987-89, all Michael Jackson’s concerts were sold out, again, his Bad Tour holds the world record for the highest grossing tour, with a staggering over 125 million profit, and the largest paid audience attendance (nearly 4.5 million people). Michael gave seven sold out concerts in Wembley the demand for which was enough to fill the stadium twenty times. He performed in front of more than 500.00 people each time, and Michael set the world record for playing more dates at Wembley Stadium than any other artist.

Dangerous World Tour

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Logo of Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Tour

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Dates: Jun 27, 1992 – Nov 11, 1993

No. of show: 39 in Europe, 17 in Asia, 6 in South America, 5 in North America, and 2 in Eurasia, for a total of 69 shows.

Box office: 100.3 million USD

Location: Munich Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany

Associated album: Dangerous

Leg: 3

The Dangerous World Tour was the second solo world concert tour by American singer Michael Jackson. The tour was sponsored by Pepsi-Cola. All profits were donated to various charities including Jackson’s own “Heal the World Foundation.” The tour ran from June 27, 1992, to November 11, 1993. The tour was originally scheduled to run into Christmas of 1993, but was cancelled due to the illness and stress Jackson suffered.

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Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous Tour”

In 1992-93, the Dangerous Tour attracted more than 4 million fans. Michael gave 69 concerts starting June 27, 1992 and it concluded in Mexico City on November 11, 1993 in Mexico City where he gave five sold out shows for over 500.000 people.

Logo of Michael Jackson’s HIStory Tour

Dates: Sep 7, 1996 – Oct 15, 1997

No. of shows: 44 in Europe, 19 in Asia, 11 in Oceania, 6 in Africa, and 2 in North America, for a total of 82 shows

Box office: 165 million USD ($251.54 in 2017 dollars)

Attendance: 4,500,000

Associated albums: HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I

The History World Tour (stylized as HIStory World Tour) was the final worldwide solo concert tour by American artist Michael Jackson, covering Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America. The tour included a total of 82 concerts spanning the globe with stops in 57 cities, 35 countries on 5 continents

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Michael Jackson’s “History Tour”

1997, Michael Jackson’s History Tour is said to have had the highest attendance. It attracted more than 4.5 million fans from 58 cities in 35 countries and it grossed over 165 million dollars. The History tour which concluded in 1997 is cited as one of the most important musical events of the year. On January 3rd and January 4th 1997 Michael Jackson sold out 2 shows in less than 24 hours, which was a record time, at the 35,000 seat Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Michael Jackson was the first artist to have ever sold out the Aloha Stadium.

History Tour

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“This Is It” World Tour

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Dates: Jul 13, 2009 – Mar 6, 2010

Location: The O2, London, United Kingdom

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Michael Jackson’s “This Is It”

This Is It was a planned concert residency by Michael Jackson which was scheduled to take place at the O2 Arena, in London, from mid-July to late September of 2009, with the schedule expanded to include a second residency running from early January to early March of 2010, for a total of 50 shows. The concerts never took place, because Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009

“This Is It” World Tour

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This Is It. The director of Michael Jackson’s doomed “This Is It” concert series said he believed the show was destined to fail when Michael missed a string of pre-show rehearsals shortly before his overdose death

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The O2 Arena, and the City of London

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The O2 Arena, where the concerts would have been held

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Even before Michael Jackson died, he had sold out over 1 million tickets within a few hours for his comeback tour This Is It. The rehearsal from the ‘This Is It’ comeback tour became a documentary concert film which grossed over 260 million dollars, 101 million on its opening weekend worldwide!!! This is it is the highest grossing concert film and documentary of all times.

Michael Jackson’s ‘Immortal cirque du soleil’ World Tour, based on his hit songs and dance moves, is one of the most commercially successful ever. In fact, in 2011 it was ranked the eighth top grossing tour of all time with an annual gross over 360 million dollars after 501 shows at 157 venues in 28 countries.

Arguably, Michael Jackson was a crowd puller. He is the only artist who averaged 3000–5000 faints per concert and was welcomed like royalty in every country he toured. He also holds the world record for the top selling album of all times, Thriller, which has sold over 100 million albums so far and he is also the most awarded artist of all times. And even today, Michael Jackson is the top earning celebrity every single year since his death.

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The Michael Jackson DVD

Live in Bucharest:
The Dangerous Tour

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Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour is a live concert DVD by American recording artist Michael Jackson released on July 25, 2005. The DVD was previously included with The Ultimate Collection box set in 2004. The concert took place during Jackson’s first leg on his Dangerous World Tour on October 1, 1992 at the Bucharest National Stadium, with a sold-out attendance of 90,000.

This concert is the first concert by Jackson that has been officially released on DVD in the United States, also released in Asia market on double Video CD. The other official releases by Michael Jackson is a VHS of his HIStory World Tour concert in Seoul, South Korea, and it was released only in South Korea in 1996, and Live at Wembley July 16, 1988, which is the second leg of his Bad World Tour.

There are various versions of the footage of the same concert that exist. The first version was broadcast the next day by BBC, following Jackson’s death, this version was rebroadcast on BNN/Ned3. All the footage in this version is from the Bucharest concert. The version that appears on the DVD was broadcast on HBO in 1992, which became the highest audience in the channel’s history for a single broadcast.

This version, while mostly having footage of Jackson performing at the Bucharest Concert (some in alternate camera angles in comparison to the BBC version), also consisted of footage from concerts in other locations such as Madrid and London. Also missing were the “Brace Yourself” video introduction and the “We Are the World Interlude,” which were included in the original BBC Telecast. The crowds screaming and intro before “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” is featured in Michael’s 2010 song “Behind the Mask.”

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“Michael is the only solo act EVER to sell out Wembley Stadium 7 times, with a record-breaking audience of over 500,000 people each and every time. 

Michael Jackson 1993 Super Bowl

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Michael Jackson’ HIStory Statue

Michael Jackson’ HIStory Statue

One of many identical statues, based on Diana Walczak’s  original HIStory statue, positioned throughout Europe to promote HIStory. The Statue of Michael Jackson is based on Diana Walczak’s original HIStory statue in Eindhoven, the Netherlands

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Michael with Princess Diana at his Wembley concert. ” – Mirror

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US President Ronald Reagan presents Michael Jackson with an award for his work against drunk driving at a White House ceremony in 1984. First Lady Nancy Reagan is at right.  Jackson at the White House being presented with an award by President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan on May 14, 1984

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Michael Jackson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the star was set in 1984. The star of Michael Jackson on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. In 2014, Michael Jackson became the first artist in history to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades.

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Michael Jackson Official Site

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Michael Jackson Songs

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Michael Jackson Movies

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Michael Jackson’s This Is It

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The Wiz (film)

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Moonwalker

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Captain EO

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Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour

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Michael Jackson’s Ghosts

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Live at Wembley July 16, 1988

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Video Greatest Hits – HIStory

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HIStory on Film, Volume II

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Bad 25 (film)

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Number Ones (video)

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Michael Jackson’s Thriller (music video)

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Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls

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Michael Jackson Unmasked

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Michael Jackson The One

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Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

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Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot

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Gone Too Soon

Michael Jackson YouTube Music Video

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All Michael Jackson Grammy Awards

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Michael Jackson Pictures

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Michael Jackson in a file photo from 1993.

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Michael Jackson Broadway Musical Slated for 2020, Featuring the King of Pop’s Songs

Remembering the King of Pop: Michael’s 10 Most Famous Dance Moves

Click Below for MJ’s most famous dance moves

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Step-By-Step Instructions for 6 Michael Jackson Dance Moves

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Michael Jackson met success at a young age and skyrocketed to fame in the 1980s. While he has long been recognized as a talented musician, the 80s also gave his dancing abilities a chance to shine. Best known for the Moonwalk, Jackson also trademarked a few other steps that have been immortalized in the dance world. Use the following instructions to learn some of his most popular moves. – By Nadia Santiago

Michael Jackson’s 39 Worldwide Charities

Michael Jackson is also remembered for his philanthropy and pioneering efforts in charitable fundraising in the entertainment industry. Michael Jackson traveled the world attending events honoring his humanitarianism, and, in 2000, the Guinness World Records recognized him for supporting 39 charities, more than any other US entertainer.

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Michael Jackson’s
Humanitarian Charity Work
(which never made headlines…)

Michael Jackson is best known for his music, but he possibly touched just as many people through his love and compassion for those less fortunate. Here are just some of the things he did which never really made the headlines…

January, 1979: Michael Jackson donated a number of books, including ‘Peter Pan’ to the Chicago Public Library’s Young Adult Section and promoted reading through a library program called ‘Boogie to the Book Beat’.

July, 1981: A benefit concert at the Omni Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia, raised $100,000 for the ‘Atlanta Children’s Foundation’ in response to a series of kidnappings and murders that had been plaguing the children of Atlanta for months.

January 10, 1984: During the filming of a Pepsi commercial, Michael suffered severe burns to his scalp when the pyrotechnics went awry. As a result of the on-set accident, he was admitted to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California. Despite palm-sized second and third-degree burns to the back of his head, Michael visited several other burn patients and later donated a hyperbaric chamber (used to treat burn victims) to the hospital, in addition to making a substantial donation towards preparing and equipping the Michael Jackson Burn Center.

April 9, 1984: David Smithee, a 14-year-old cystic fibrosis sufferer, fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was invited to Michael’s Encino family home through the auspices of the ‘Brass Ring Society’. The pair shared an enjoyable afternoon watching movies in the private screening room, eating lunch and playing video games. Before leaving, David was treated to a black sequined glove and Michael’s red leather jacket from his hit, ‘Beat It’. Seven weeks later, the young boy passed away, but not without having had his last wish granted.

April 14, 1984: Michael equipped a 19-bed-unit at the ‘Mount Sinai New York Medical Center’. This center is part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research.

May 14, 1984: Michael donated the use of his song ‘Beat It’ to a national advertising campaign against drinking whilst driving. For his contribution, he received a Special Achievement Award which was presented by President Ronald Reagan. At the White House President Reagan presented Michael with an award for his participation in a national ad campaign against drunk driving.

July 5, 1984: Michael and his family held a press conference about the ticket distribution system for the ‘Victory Tour’. During his speech, he announced, “Finally, and most importantly, I want you to know that when I first agreed to tour, I decided to donate all the money I make from our performances to charity.” Three charities benefited from Michael’s generosity: ‘Camp Good Times’ for terminally ill children, the ‘T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia and Cancer Research’, and ‘The United Negro College Fund’ which went on to establish the ‘Michael Jackson Scholarship Fund’.  By 1988, this Fund had provided scholarships for 70 students at UNCF member schools.

July 21-23, 1984: The Jacksons, whilst performing in Jacksonville, Florida entertained eight children suffering from incurable diseases. Fourteen-year-old Malanda Cooper, a young victim who had only a short time to live, wrote to the Mayor asking to meet Michael. Michael subsequently met her backstage prior to a performance. Later 700 disadvantaged children were treated to the show.

July, 1984: The Jacksons performed at Texas Stadium in Dallas, and donated 1200 tickets valued at $39,000 to underprivileged children.

August, 1984: As negotiations for a performance in Gary, Indiana broke down, the Jacksons transported forty children from the ‘Thelma Marshall Children’s Home’ (for orphans, foster children and abandoned children), ‘The Hoosier Boys Home’ and the ‘Donzels Work Study Program’ (for high school students working toward a college education) to Detroit, Michigan for the third performance there.

December 13, 1984: Michael visited the Brotman Memorial Hospital, where he had been treated when he was seriously burned during the producing of a Pepsi commercial. He donated all the money he received from Pepsi, $1.5 million, to the Michael Jackson Burn Center for children.

January 28, 1985: Michael Jackson was one of the first artists to arrive at ‘A&M Lion Share Studios’ for the now historic recording which brought dozens of nationally acclaimed artists together in the hope of alleviating famine in Africa. In an all-night session, the largest-grossing single in the history of the recording arts, ‘We Are The World’, was recorded, spawning a videocassette and a book, all the proceeds of which were put towards famine relief efforts. The result? $60 million dollars were channeled directly to the countries most affected. Michael Jackson contributed to the effort not only as a featured artist, but he also co-wrote the song with Lionel Ritchie and recorded the demo tracks that were distributed to the participating artists.

1986: Michael set up the “Michael Jackson UNCF Endowed Scholarship Fund”. This $1.5 million fund aimed to help students majoring in performance art and communications, with money given each year to students attending a UNCF member college or university.

February 28, 1986: After having had a heart-transplant, 14-year-old Donna Ashlock from California got a call from Michael. He had heard that she was a big fan of his and told her that she had an invite to his home as soon as she was feeling better. This visit took place on March 8th. Donna stayed for dinner, chatted and watched a movie with Michael.

October, 1986: ‘Michael’s Pets’, a line of stuffed animals which were all modelled after Michael Jackson’s pet menagerie, were released onto the market. Michael requested that one dollar from each purchase be donated to a children’s charity.

September 13, 1987: Michael supported the efforts of the NAACP, to fight prejudice against black artists.

September, 1987: Michael donated $20,000 to the family of a young Japanese boy, Yoshiyaki, who had been recently kidnapped and killed. News footage at the time showed a highly emotional Michael Jackson addressing the incident. He said: “I am very sorry and deeply saddened to hear about Yoshiyaki. If I could, I would like to rush to his parents to express my words of sympathy and pay tribute to Yoshiyaki. I would like to dedicate my Japanese tour to Yoshiyaki.Yoshiyaki, I know you’re out there watching us. I hope such a brutal and heartbreaking thing never happens again. And I love you.” Michael then proceeded to sing his hit song, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”.

October 1987: At the end of his ‘Bad Tour’, Michael donated some of his personal items to UNESCO for a charity auction. The proceeds went towards the education of children in developing countries. Among the items were sunglasses, t-shirts and a windbreaker.

November, 1987: Michael donated £10,000 pounds to the ‘Children in Need’ appeal in Great Britain.

November, 1987: Michael visited a children’s hospital while on tour in Australia.

February 1, 1988: The Song “Man In the Mirror” entered the pop charts. The proceeds from the sales of this record went to ‘Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times’, a camp for children who suffer from cancer.

March 3, 1988: Michael performed at Madison Square Gardens. The first of three concerts was a benefit for the United Negro College Fund. He presented a cheque for $600,000 to Christopher Edley, UNCF President, making him one of the UNCF’s largest contributors. The reviews in New York read, “Michael’s act has already gone well beyond a pop music concert. By this time, 97 young people had benefited from Michael’s generosity to the United Negro College Fund.

April 13-15, 1988: Free tickets were given away for three concerts in Atlanta, Georgia to the ‘Make A Wish Foundation’.

May 22, 1988: Michael visited children who suffer from cancer in the ‘Bambini-Gesu Children’s Hospital’ in Rome. He signed autographs and gave away sweets and records to the children, before pledging a cheque to the hospital for £100,000 pounds.

May 23, 1988: It was announced that 4,000 tickets from Michael Jackson’s concerts in Britain would be donated to ‘ITV Telethon’ which went on to raise £200,000 pounds for ‘Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital’.

June, 1988: A music celebrity auction benefiting the ‘T. J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research’ boasted a black fedora signed by Michael Jackson. It sold for over $4,000.

July 16, 1988: Before a concert at Wembley Stadium in London, Michael met Charles, the Prince of Wales and his wife Diana. He handed over a cheque for £450,000 pounds (£150,000 for the Prince’s Trust, and £300,000 pounds for the children’s hospital at Great Ormond Street). He also contributed to the ‘Wishing Well Fund’, established to help finance the construction of a new building for London’s Hospital for Sick Children. Michael toured the hospital and visited some of the young patients.

July 20, 1988: Michael visited terminally ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital. At a unit for less critical patients he stayed a little longer and told the children a story.

August 29, 1988: On his 30th birthday Michael performed a concert in Leeds, England for the charity “Give for Life”, which helps to immunize children. Michael presented a cheque for £65,000 pounds which contributed towards helping immunize 40,000 children.

October, 1988: Michael presented a cheque for $125,000 to Esther Edwards and Berry Gordy for the maintenance and upkeep of Hittsville, USA (Motown’s Museum in Detroit, Michigan). He also contributed a black fedora, a white beaded glove and costume from the Motown era for display.

December 1988: Michael visited 12-year-old David Rothenburg. Five years previously, David’s father had doused him in kerosene and set him alight in an act of revenge against his former wife.

January 1989: The proceeds of one of Michael’s shows in Los Angeles were donated to ‘Childhelp USA’, the largest US charity against child-abuse. In appreciation, ‘Childhelp of Southern California’founded the “Michael Jackson International Institute for Research On Child Abuse”.

January 10, 1989: The ‘Bad Tour’ was coming to an end. Under-privileged children were given tickets for each concert and Michael donated money to hospitals, orphanages and charitable organizations. During many of the tour stops, prior to the concerts, Michael was joined backstage by ill children from the local areas in which he performed. Seth Riggs, Michael’s vocal coach, remarked, “Every night the kids would come in on stretchers, so sick they could hardly hold their heads up. Michael would kneel down at the stretchers and put his face right down beside theirs so that he could have his picture taken with them, and then give them a copy to remember the moment.”

January 1989: The ‘Say Yes To A Youngster’s Future’ program honored Michael in recognition of his efforts to encourage children to natural sciences and they awarded him with the ‘National Urban Coalition Artist/Humanitarian Of The Year Award’

February 7, 1989: Michael visited the ‘Cleveland Elementary School’ in Stockton, California. Some weeks earlier a 25-year-old man had open-fired in the school’s playground, resulting in the death of five children and the wounding of 39 others. Many of those present reported that Michael’s visit helped them to feel safe again.

March 5, 1989: Michael invited 200 deprived children of the ‘St. Vincent Institute for Handicapped Children’ and the organization ‘Big Brothers and Big Sisters’ to the Circus Vargas in Santa Barbara. After this event he invited them to his Neverland ranch with its private zoo and fairground rides.

March 1989: At the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, Michael received the ‘Black Radio Exclusive Humanitarian Award’ for his humanitarian efforts.

September 22, 1989: ‘The Capital Children’s Museum’ awarded Michael with the ‘Best of Washington 1989 Humanitarian Award’ in recognition of his efforts to raise money for the museum, and for his ceaseless support of children.

November 11, 1989: The organization “Wish Is Granted” enabled 4-year-old Darian Pagan, a leukemia sufferer, to meet Michael. Michael invited the little boy to a performance put on by Canadian acrobats.

December 28, 1989: Young Ryan White, who suffered from hemophilia spent his vacation on Michael’s ranch. Ryan had been infected with AIDS in 1984 by a contaminated blood transfusion. After he was excluded from his school in Kokomo, Ryan fought against the discrimination endured by AIDS victims.

January 6, 1990: Through the charity ‘Childhelp’, Michael invited 82 abused and neglected children to his Neverland Ranch where they enjoyed games, a barbeque and a movie in Michael’s private theatre.

February 3, 1990: Michael received a ‘Role Model Award’ from Japan.

February, 1990: Michael performed at a musical variety special in honor of Sammy Davis, Jr. Proceeds from the special, $250,000, were donated to the United Negro College Fund.

April 5, 1990: During a ceremony, Michael is awarded ‘Artist Of The Decade’, by President George Bush, who spoke to the press about Michael’s humanitarian commitments

May, 1990: ‘Make A Wish Foundation’ arranged for 14-year-old John Brown, a young cancer victim, to visit Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

July 1990: 45 children from the ‘Project Dream Street’, for children in Los Angeles with life-threatening illness, were invited to Neverland Ranch.

August 18, 1990: Michael invited 130 children from the YMCA summer program of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to his Neverland Ranch. They enjoy a barbecue, play video games, visit his zoo and watch movies. Each child took home a free pair of sneakers.

September 14, 1990: ‘The Los Angeles Area Council Boy Scouts of America’ honored Michael with the first ‘Good Scout Humanitarian Award’. Michael received this award for his humanitarian activities in supporting the ‘Make A Wish Foundation’, ‘The Prince’s Trust’, the ‘United Negro College Fund’ and ‘Childhelp USA’.

October, 1990: Michael threw a party for eighty abused and/or neglected children from the ‘Village of Childhelp’ in Beaumont, California. Later he hosted fifty children from Maclaren Hall and the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ at his home in California.

October 23, 1990: Michael and Elton John were the first recipients of a named award in memory and honor of Ryan White.

May 6, 1991: Michael was invited to a Jane Goodall charity event. Goodall had been an advocate of behavioral research concerning chimpanzees in Gombe, Nigeria for more than 30 years, and Michael supported her work.

July 26, 1991: Michael paid a visit to the ‘Youth Sports & Art Foundation’ in Los Angeles. The Foundation supports families of gang members, and helps with issues such as dealing with drug-abuse. Michael talked to the children and presented them with a wide-screen TV set and a financial gift.

December 1991: Michael’s company, MJJ Productions, treated deprived families in Los Angeles with more than 200 turkey dinners.

February 3, 1992: At a press conference at the ‘New York Radio City Music Hall’, Michael announced that he was planning a new world tour, to raise funds for his newly established ‘Heal The World Foundation’.

February 11-18, 1992: Over the course of 8 days Michael covered 30,000 miles of the African continent, (covering Gabon, The Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Kenya and Libreville), where he visited medical centers, churches, children’s dwellings, schools,  and educational charities for disabled children.

May 1, 1992: President George Bush presented Michael with the ‘Point of Light’ award for his continuing support of deprived children. During his stay, Michael visited little Raynal Pope, who had been attacked by dogs and badly injured.

May 6, 1992: Michael paid for a young boy’s funeral who had been killed by a stray bullet during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, California.

June 3, 1992: The organization ‘One To One’, caring for better living conditions of young people, honored Michael with an award for his commitment to deprived youngsters.

June 23, 1992: At a press conference in London, Michael made an announcement about his ‘Heal The World Foundation’, speaking of its mission, and aims.

Heal The World Foundation (HTWF)

The ‘Heal The World Foundation’ was founded by Michael Jackson in 1992 as a charitable organization which would aid children and the environment. Its goals included providing medicine for children and fighting world hunger, drug and alcohol abuse, and child abuse. The HTWF worked with established local and national organizations in order to share expertise and existing infrastructure in delivering needed services to disadvantaged children.

‘Heal L.A.’was launched at the Super Bowl XXVII with the collaboration of ‘Heal the World’, ‘The National Football League’, ‘Frito Lay’, ‘The International Youth Foundation’, and ‘Hilton Foundation/BEST Foundation’. ‘Heal L.A.’, a collaborative children’s initiative, produced 3,000 mentoring relationships, immunizations for 7,000 children and drug prevention education for more than 72,000 youth.

‘Heal the World’ provided support for dozens of children’s programs in 20 countries. The charity joined with ‘AmeriCares’ to ship 47 tons of food, clothing and medical supplies to children of war-torn Sarajevo; partnered with the ‘Gorbachev Foundation, USA’ to deliver 60,000 doses of children’s vaccines to the Republic of Georgia, and twice assisted the U.K. based ‘Operation Christmas Child’ to airlift supplies and gifts collected by children in the U.K. to give to children in Bosnia.

‘Heal the World’ along with Former President Jimmy Carter, ‘Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’, ‘Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities’, ‘Gladys Knight and TLC’ joined together to help The Atlanta Project increase the local immunization rate in a single week from the expected 6,000 to more than 17,000 and to establish a follow-up tracking system for family health care.

‘Heal L.A’. in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School district, California State University, Independent Colleges of Southern California, ‘Learnstar’ and other local non-profit organizations created the ‘Community School/Safe Haven Initiative’ to provide after-school educational opportunities at two pilot sites where over 300 students per day could have computer instruction, tutoring, homework assistance, math lab, English as a second language and performing arts.

June 26, 1992: Michael presented the mayor of Munich, Mr. Kronawitter, with a 40,000 DM-cheque for the needy people of the city.

June 29, 1992: Michael visited the ‘Sophia Children’s Hospital’ in Rotterdam and presented a cheque for £100,000 pounds.

July 1992: Michael donated L. 821,477,296 to ‘La Partita del Cuore’ (The Heart Match) in Rome and donated 120,000 DM to children’s charities in Estonia and Latvia.

July 25, 1992: Whilst on tour in Dublin, Ireland, Michael announced that he would give £400,000 pounds from his tour earnings to various charities.

July 29, 1992: Michael visited the ‘Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital’ in London. To surprise the children, he was accompanied by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Euro Disney!

July 31, 1992: On the eve of his second concert at Wembley Stadium, Michael presented Prince Charles with a cheque for £200,000 pounds for ‘The Prince’s Trust’.

August 16, 1992: Six-year-old Nicholas Killen, who lost his eyesight when undergoing life-saving cancer surgery, met Michael backstage in Leeds, England.

August, 1992: The first ‘Heal The World European Children’s Congress’ met in London, England. Eighty-four children between the ages of 8 and 16 came together to express their views on the world’s biggest problems and what they saw as the solutions.  In spite of a case of laryngitis, Michael arrived at the Regent’s College venue after lunch and stayed for approximately four hours

September 1992: Michael donated 1 million pesetas to a charity headed by the Queen of Spain.

September 30, 1992: President Iliescu of Romania inaugurated a playground for 500 orphans which Michael had financed. Michael discussed his ‘Heal The World Foundation’ whilst there.

October 1, 1992: Michael chose Bucharest, Romania for a worldwide television broadcast of his concert tour. He chose Romania due the numerous orphanages the country is known for, wanting to raise the profile of the country and the disadvantaged.

November 24, 1992: At Kennedy Airport in New York, Michael supervised the loading of 47 tons of medication, blankets, and winter clothes destined for Sarajevo. The ‘Heal The World Foundation’ collaborated with ‘AmeriCares’ to take resources totaling $2.1 million to Sarajevo, all subsequently allocated under the supervision of the United Nations.

December 10, 1992: During a press conference at the US Consulate in Tokyo, Michael was presented with a cheque for $100,000 for the ‘Heal The World Foundation’ by his tour sponsor, Pepsi.

December 26, 1992: During a broadcast to request donations for the United Negro College Fund, Michael declared: “Black Colleges and Universities are breeding some of the leading personalities of our time. They are on top in business, justice, science and technologies, politics and religion. I am proud that the Michael Jackson Scholarship Program enabled more than 200 young men and women to get a qualified education.”

January 19, 1993: Michael was one of the stars that performed at the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton. Before he sang ‘Gone Too Soon’ he drew attention to the plight of AIDS victims and mentioned his late friend Ryan White.

January 26, 1993: At a press conference held at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles, Michael was presented with a $100,000 donation each from the ‘National Football League’ and Frito Lay, the sponsors of the Super Bowl. He gets another $500,000 from the ‘BEST Foundation’ for his ‘Heal The World Foundation’.  Also, a new U.S. children’s relief initiative was announced in Los Angeles: ‘Heal L.A.’, in collaboration with ‘Cities In Schools’, ‘Big Brothers/Big Sisters’, the ‘BEST Foundation’, ‘Watts Health Foundation’, and the ‘Partnership for a Drug Free America’, would aim to help solve the problems facing inner-city youth by providing drug-abuse and AIDS prevention education, mentoring, and immunization campaigns.

February 1993: In association with Sega, Michael launched an initiative to distribute more than $108,000 worth of computer games and equipment to children’s hospitals, children’s homes, and children’s charities throughout the U.K.

March 1993: The initial foundation of an independent film company is announced. They would aim to produce family-oriented movies and part of the earnings would go to the ‘Heal The World Foundation’.

March, 1993: An urban anti-drug media campaign was launched by the ‘Partnership for a Drug-Free America’, the ‘Partnership for a Drug-free California’ and ‘The BEST Foundation’ in Los Angeles with support from Michael’s ‘HTWF’ and ‘Heal L.A’.

March 27, 1993: At a meeting at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, Michael gave a 5-minute speech to 1200 teachers and politicians.

April 26, 1993: Whilst on his ‘Heal LA’ tour, Michael made an unannounced visit to three ‘Heal L.A’. project sites in order to participate in discussions with recipients and providers of the immunization, mentoring, and drug-abuse prevention programs. Michael visited the ‘Watta Health Foundation,’ and two schools in Los Angeles’ downtown South Central.

May 5, 1993: With the assistance of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s ‘Atlanta Project Immunization/Children’s Health Initiative’, and the support from ‘Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’, ‘Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities’, Gladys Knight, and ‘TLC’, Michael arranged for the immunization of 17,000 children in 5 days in Atlanta, USA.

June 1993: Michael announced that he would donate $1.25 million for children who had suffered as a result of the riots in Los Angeles.

June 1993: Michael hosted 100 children from the Los Angeles ‘Challengers Boys and Girls Club’ at his Neverland Ranch.

June 10, 1993: Michael attended a rally in Los Angeles to launch a new DARE program, called ‘DAREPLUS’ (Drug Abuse Resistance Education – Play and Learn Under Supervision).Thepurpose of the program was to inform children about the dangers of drug abuse.

June 18, 1993: Michael paid a visit to a hospital in Washington and spent several hours with the young patients, playing chess with some and chatting with others.

July, 1993: Mallory Cyr, an eight-year-old girl from Sabattus, Maine who suffered from a rare intestinal disease, received a letter and generous cheque from Michael. The letter was a result of a letter-writing campaign organized by school children. It read, “I am sending you all my loving and caring, Mallory, along with the enclosed gift, which I hope will help nourish you and keep you strong.” Mallory’s intestinal condition made it nearly impossible for her to eat and she was being fed intravenously.

August 1993: Along with Pepsi-Cola Thailand, Michael donated $40,000 to Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s charity, the ‘Rural School Children and Youth Development Fund’, in support of school lunch programs in rural villages in Thailand.

August 1993: It was announced that the proceeds of Michael’s forthcoming concerts in New Delhi, India would be directed to the ‘Ghandi Foundation for Children’. Pepsi guaranteed $160,000 from the two shows, which never happened since the tour was cancelled before it reached New Delhi.

August 1993: In conjunction with ‘Pepsi-Cola International’, Michael donated new ambulances to the ‘Contacts One Independent Living Center’ for children in Moscow, Russia and the ‘Hospital de Ninos Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

August 1993: ‘The Jack The Rapper Awards’ are presented and Michael was honored to receive the ‘Our Children, Our Hope Of Tomorrow’ award.

August 1993: In Tel Aviv, Israel on a tour stop, Michael visited a children’s hospital, distributed toys and talked with the children.

September 1993: While in Japan, Michael visited a school at a US naval base. During this visit, he also met with 15-year-old fan, MartijnHendricsen and his two brothers. Martijn, aterminally ill Dutch fan, undergoing treatment for cancer was flown to Japan in response to a request by the ‘Make A Wish Foundation’.

October 1993: Michael donated $100,000 to the ‘Children’s Defense Fund’, the ‘Children’s Diabetes Foundation’, the ‘Atlanta Project’, and the ‘Boys and Girl Clubs’ of Newark, New Jersey to further the provision of health services to children.

October 1993: ‘Heal the World’ along with ‘Pepsi-Cola International’ donated new ambulances to Moscow’s ‘Contacts One Independent Living Center for Children’ in Moscow, Russia and the ‘Hospital de Ninos Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

October 1993: Whilst in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Michael meets young cancer victim, Sophie Jones, who said later that her meeting with the star, with whom she exchanged gifts, was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

October 1993: Whilst in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Michael donated thousands of tickets to his concerts there to ill, needy and disadvantaged children.  He did the same in Rio.

October 22, 1993: Michael visited a hospital in Santiago, Chile.

October 28, 1993: Michael made it possible for 5000 underprivileged children to visit the ‘Reino Aventura Park’, where the whale Keiko (as featured in the film, ‘Free Willy’) was living.

November 5, 1993: Michael was a guest at a children’s party at the ‘Hard Rock Café’ in Mexico City.

December 1993: ‘Heal the World’, together with the ‘Gorbachev Foundation’, USA airlifted 60,000 children’s vaccines to Tblisi, in the Republic of Georgia.

December 16, 1993: ‘The Heal The World Foundation’ in the UK supported ‘Operation Christmas Child’ in delivering toys, sweets, gifts and food to children in former Yugoslavia.  They consisted of 30,000 ‘shoebox’ gifts of toys, school items, photographs, and letters which had been collected by U.K. school children.

1994: Michael donated $500,000 to Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS Foundation.

Mid-January, 1994: On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Michael gave a party for more than 100 underprivileged children at his Neverland Ranch.  The children were from the ‘Community Youth Sports and Arts Foundation’ in Los Angeles. Michael spent the day mingling with the children, posing for photographs and signing autographs. The children watched Beethoven’s 2nd, played in the amusement park and checked out the zoo.

January, 1994: ‘Heal the World’ in conjunction with ‘Unihealth’ and the ‘Los Angeles Immunization Coalition’ provided vaccines to children made homeless by the Los Angeles earthquake. ‘Heal the World’ along with ‘Discovery Toys’ also donated hundreds of toys to the children participating in the immunization drive.

January, 1994: Over $85,000 from ‘Heal L.A’. was put towards earthquake relief efforts through grants to non-profit organizations dedicated to aiding families needing long-term recovery in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas including the ‘Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center’, ‘Casa Rutilio Grande’, ‘Clinica Para Las Americas’, ‘Families in New Directions’, ‘Meeting Each Need With Dignity’, ‘Proyecto Esperanza’, ‘Pueblo Nuevo’, and the ‘Vaughn Street Family Center’.

January, 1994: ‘Heal the World’ in association with ‘General Electric’, ‘Lever Brothers’, and ‘Surf Wash’ donated washers, dryers, and soap to 25 non-profit organizations in order to provide free laundry services to families affected by the Los Angeles earthquake of January 17, 1994.

January, 1994: ‘Heal The World’, and ‘Heal L.A’. along with the ‘Salvation Army’ treated over 400 homeless children and parents living in shelters to a day at Universal Studios.

February 19, 1994: ‘The Jackson Family Honors’ event was held at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The substantial earnings from the show were given to various charities.

April 12, 1994: On occasion of the 2nd ‘Children’s Choice Award’ ceremony at City Center in New York, Michael is presented with the ‘Caring For Kids’ award. This award is to honor celebrities who take time out for young people. 100,000 children and young people from 8 to 18 years old gave Michael their vote of confidence. The ‘Children’s Choice Awards’ were sponsored by ‘Body Sculpt’, a charitable organization offering drug-prevention programs for young people

In the summer of July, 1994: ‘Heal The World’ in conjunction with the ‘Los Angeles Unified School District, Youth Services’, the ‘I Have A Dream Foundation’, Best Buddies, Overcoming Obstacles, and California One to One, provided 2000 children with tickets to see Janet Jackson, the L.A. Laker Jam, and The Beach Boys in concert.

August 6, 1994: Michael and his new wife Lisa Marie visited two children’s hospitals in Budapest, Hungary, to chat with the ill children and to distribute toys. Whilst at Bethesda Children’s Hospital, Michael met 4-year-old Bela Farkas, who was in desperate need of a liver transplant. ‘Heal the World’ funds were pledged to save this little boy, as Michael vowed to find him a liver.

August, 1994: In association with ‘Toys ‘R Us’ and ‘AmeriCares’, Michael’s ‘HTWF’ distributed $20,000 worth of toys, food, and supplies to a children’s hospital in Budapest, Hungary.

September, 1994: ‘Heal L.A.’ funded the implementation of the ‘Los Angeles Team Mentoring Program’ in six Los Angeles schools in Los Angeles’ South Central district and the Pico Union district, reaching over 1000 young people.

October, 1994: ‘Heal The World’ launched the ‘Community School/Safe Havens Initiative’ designed to provide Los Angeles communities with a safe environment in which students, families, and residents could pursue after-school academic and recreational activities such as free instruction in computers, language and math skills, tutoring and sports.

1995: Michael wanted to free dolphins that had been locked up for years. He believed that there should be legal guidelines drawn up regarding the way dolphins have to live in zoos and parks.

February, 1995: ‘Heal L.A.’ expanded on the ‘Community School/Safe Havens Initiative’ to include over 1200 families.

February 1995: Michael privately requested permission to attend the funeral of Craig Fleming, a two-year old boy whose mother threw him over the side of a Los Angeles bridge along with his four-year-old brother, before jumping to her own death. The mother and four-year-old survived the incident, although the child, Michael, was badly battered, requiring medical aid. Michael presented a contribution towards Michael Fleming’s medical expenses and founded a special trust fund for Michael’s care. Jackson later dedicated the song ‘Childhood’ from his ‘HIStory’ album to the memory of Craig Fleming with these words, “Childhood is dedicated to Little Craig Fleming and his surviving brother, Michael, for whom a scholarship fund has been established to ensure that his childhood ushers in a future of all possibilities. Love, MJ”

March 1995: Little Bela Farkas finally received a new liver. Michael and Lisa Marie met this 4-year-old boy during their trip to Hungary in 1994. Michael did everything to help Bela, whose only chance to live was through getting a new liver. The ‘Heal The World Foundation’ covered the surgery and all aftercare costs.

April 1995: ‘Heal The World’ together with ‘Permanent Charities’ and ‘EC2000’ sponsored 46 children from 17 countries to gather at Michael’s Neverland home for the ‘World Children’s Congress’, a three-day seminar and leadership training in which critical children’s issues were discussed.

June 1995: ‘Heal the World and its ‘World Children’s Congress’ youth ambassadors presented the findings of the ‘World Children’s Congress’ to the ‘World Summit of Children’ during the United Nations 50th Anniversary celebration in San Francisco, California and they met with U.N. Secretary Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many U.N. Ambassadors.

September 1995: ‘Heal the World and the ‘World Children’s Congress’ youth ambassadors from Mexico accompanied ‘Children’s Torch of Hope’ across the United States bringing the message of the ‘World Children’s Congress’ to over 30 events sponsored by the ‘Coalition for Children of the Earth’ and ‘EC2000’.

October 1995: Recording artists Brownstone and Tasha Scott performed two shows for students at ‘Horace Mann Middle School’ in order to launch the new school year in aid of the ‘Community School/Safe Havens Initiative’.

October 1995: ‘Heal the World/World Children’s Congress’ youth ambassadors reported to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland.

December 1995: ‘Heal the World/World Children’s Congress’ youth ambassadors addressed the dedication of the ‘Guardians of the Future’ monument in Mexico City, co-sponsored by ‘EC2000’, ‘Terra Christa Communications’, ‘UNICEF’, the office of the mayor of Mexico City, and ‘Coalition for Children of the Earth’.

December 1995: ‘HTWF’ in association with the ‘International Rescue Committee’, shipped two pallets of toys to children in war-torn Bosnia and Hercegovina.

February 1996: ‘Heal the World/World Children’s Congress’ youth ambassadors from Mexico presented a model for creating a sustainable environment to the U.N. Habitat II Prep Committee.

March, 30, 1996: ‘The Ark Trust-Foundation’, drawing the attention of the public to the plight of animals, presented Michael with the ‘1995 Doris Day Award’. He gets this award for the ‘Earth Song’ video, which draws attention to the plight of animals.

April 1996: ‘Heal the World/World Children’s Congress’ youth ambassadors attended ‘Children First: A Global Forum’, in Atlanta, Georgia. The event, hosted by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn Carter, the Carter Center, and the ‘Task Force for Child Survival’, and co-sponsored by the ‘Rockefeller Foundation’, the ‘Annie E. Casey Foundation’, ‘The World Bank’, and ‘Heal the World’, brought together 360 representatives from 100 countries to discuss strategies to improve the quality of life for children.

April 1996: ‘Heal the World/World Children’s Congress’ youth ambassadors attended the ‘Spectrum of Light Youth Conference’ in Washington, D.C. to form partnerships to emphasize the need for a sustainable society based on a healthy environment.

May 28, 1996: Michael sent a floral tribute of white roses, carnations and lilies to the funeral of one of his British fans. The inscription read, “May your courage be an inspiration to us all. Your spirit shines on. Love, Michael Jackson.” Eleven-year-old Jaymee Bowen had lost her battle with leukemia. Her favorite songs: ‘Farewell My Summer Love’, ‘Ben’ and ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ were played at her funeral.

June 1996: A donated trip to Neverland Ranch received the highest bid at a ‘Cities in School’ celebrity auction. Los Angeles based ‘KIIS-FM’ and ‘Cities in School’ organized the event, raising over $115,000 to benefit school children. A trip for four to Michael’s Neverland Ranch received the highest bid of $5,200.

July 18, 1996: In Soweto, South Africa Michael laid a wreath of flowers for youngsters who were killed during the fights involving Apartheid.

September 1996: A sports festival – ‘Hope’ – was held for the first time, and on behalf of orphans and disadvantaged children. 3000 children and 600 volunteers took part in the sports festival where Michael Jackson was a special guest.

September 1996: Michael visited a state orphanage in Bucharest, Romania prior to his concert before 70,000 in that city. After handing out toys, Michael said, “I wish all the world was here to see this, instead of sending our brothers to the killing fields. This is our future – children. I love you all so much.”

September 6, 1996: Michael visited the children’s unit of a hospital in Prague.

October 1996: Michael visited a hospital for mentally challenged children in Kaoshiung, Taiwan and offered 2,000 free tickets to the sold-out performance there.

October 1, 1996: Michael donated the proceeds of his Tunisia concert to ‘The National Solidarity Fund’, a charity dedicated to fighting poverty.

October 3, 1996: Michael visited a children’s hospital, ‘Ronald McDonald House’ and ‘AMC’ and brought small gifts for the patients during a ‘HIStory’ tour visit in Amsterdam. A room in the hospital (for parents who want to be with their children at the hospital) was named after Michael.

November 1, 1996: In Bombay, India, 85% of the proceeds from one concert were put aside for the ‘Shiv Udyog Sena’ to help create jobs for 270,000 young people in the state of Maharashtra, of which Bombay is the capital. Upon arriving in Bombay, Michael asked his driver to stop the motorcade transporting him from the airport to his hotel to allow him to spend 20 minutes talking, dancing and playing with children from the crowded slums he passed in route to his hotel.

November 4, 1996:  In Bangkok, Thailand, Michael Jackson was shown visiting an orphanage and a school for blind children. At the orphanage, he left a donation of $100,000 American dollars as well as distributing toys and gifts to children at both the orphanage and school for the blind. An orphanage spokeswoman commented, “They don’t know him as a pop star. To them he is just a very nice man who came here to offer hope.”

November 7, 1996: Michael granted the American news magazine, ‘American Journal’, permission to accompany him for two weeks on his tour itinerary. Phenomenal footage narrated by Les Trent depicts Michael’s visit to ‘Starship’, a children’s hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, following the star from room to room as he speaks to each child, leaving each a toy and autographed photo or CD. In answer to Trent’s question regarding how the children’s faces make him feel, Michael touches his chest, replying “It touches my heart.” Michael was also shown backstage just moments prior to his sold-out performance, comforting Emily Smith, a shy, 13-year-old cancer victim. He welcomes her to the “shy club” while holding her in his arms and ruffling her curly hair, then poses for photographs with Emily and her family and rushes off to prepare himself for the show.

November 13, 1996: Michael visited a children’s hospital in Sydney prior to being publicly feted by ‘Sony Music’ honoring his sales (exceeding $75 million in Australia) at a reception held in his honor at the Opera House. Once again, he spent over two hours speaking to the children, signing autographs and distributing gifts to each child. Reports also surfaced that Michael had committed a portion of his proceeds from his nine Australian performances to ‘The Smith Family’, a charity dedicated to feeding the needy.

November 17, 1996: During scheduled tour stops in Brisbane, Australia, Michael visited the ‘Prince of Wales Hospital’ which houses children suffering from assorted ailments, including cancer, heart trouble, asthma and tumors. He signed autographs and distributed toys to over 75 children, spending several hours with the children.

November 25, 1996: Michael visited the ‘Royal Children’s Hospital’ in Melbourne, delivering toys to, and signing autographs for the children.

December 7, 1996: During a ‘HIStory’ tour stop in Manila, Michael visited a children’s hospital. He announced that a part of his concert earnings would be donated to the renovation of the hospital.

January 25, 1997: Michael waived his personal fee for his Bombay appearance and donated $1.1 million to a local charity helping to educate children living in slums.

April 4, 1997: British magazine ‘OK!’ published exclusive photos of Michael’s son Prince. The magazine pays about £1 million pounds for the photos. Michael donated the money to charity.

June 18, 1997: While in Germany, Michael signed the ‘Children in Need’ book, which was later auctioned by and for the charity ‘UNESCO’.

May 17, 1998: Michael joined African leaders in Namibia in a call for debt relief, urging for a new era for the world’s poorest region, especially the children.
Michael told the annual ‘Southern African Economic Forum’ summit in Windhoek on that he would donate funds to make the world a better place for its children. He said that he and his then new business partner, ‘Barden International’, would be looking at global investments that would bring economic empowerment to the people, and enrich the lives of children. “We are going to put our money where our mouths are,” he promised.

September 1998: Michael met 5-year old Aza Woods, a cancer sufferer, at the ‘Hilton Hotel’ in Las Vegas. Michael introduced Aza to the attraction ‘Star Trek: The Experience’ and spent the rest of the afternoon with the little boy. Finally, Michael invited Aza to spend some time with him at his Neverland Ranch.

May 1, 1999: At the Bollywood Awards in New York, Michael was presented with an award for his humanitarian activities. The award was signed: “Though he comes from the young American tradition, Michael is the embodiment of an old Indian soul. His actions are an expression of the philosophy of Weda, which asked us to work for the people – not for one’s own interests.”

June 1999: ‘Michael Jackson and Friends’ concerts in Korea and Germany raised $3.3 million dollars for the humanitarian agencies ‘UNESCO’, ‘Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund’ and the ‘International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’.

August 1999: Michael was invited to speak to a school in Chicago about bullying, alcohol abuse and self-image awareness.

September 4, 1999: Michael presented Nelson Mandela with a cheque for 1,000,000 South African rand for the ‘Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.’

January 22, 2000: During Christmas of 1999 a violent storm ravaged the park ‘Chateau de Versailles’ in France, and destroyed 10,000 trees. The estimated cost for rebuilding the park was around $20 million. Some celebrities supported the restoration of the park. French officials reported that Michael Jackson was one of them. Indeed, he was one of the first people to donate money to this cause.

January 2000: ‘The United Negro College Fund’s ‘Evening Of Stars’ January 15th telethon fundraiser raised $13.5 million in cash and pledges. Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Whitney Houston, and Barry White were among the performers.

May 2000: Michael donated items to 4th annual online auction for the ‘T. J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research’.

May 2000: Michael escorted his friend Elizabeth Taylor to the gala tribute in her honor at the ‘Royal Albert Hall’ in London. Proceeds from this tribute benefited the ‘Red Hot Aids Charitable Trust’ and the ‘Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation’.

October 28, 2000: Michael painted a plate to be auctioned for the ‘Carousel of Hope Ball’ benefiting childhood diabetes research.

October 2000: Michael and other members of the Jackson family supported ‘WAVE TO THE WORLD’, an official fund-raising project of the ‘Paralympic Games 2000’ in Sydney, Australia.

October 2000: Michael donated one of his fedoras, which he autographed, and a limited-edition poster for an auction at the annual gala of the ‘African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association’ in order to help raise money to fight childhood AIDS in Africa.

November 2000: President Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson and Jordan’s Queen Noor were honored for their work to fight cancer at a star-studded black-tie dinner to raise $4 million for the New York-based ‘G&P Cancer Foundation’, which funds research into leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers. The ‘G&P Cancer Foundation’ was created by Denise Rich to honor her daughter, who died of leukemia at the age of 27.

December 2000: Michael appeared on stage at the ‘Miracle On 34th Street’, a charity concert organized by radio station ‘KTU 103.5 FM’ at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA.

2001: ‘Heal The Kids’ was launched, the latest initiative of the ‘Heal The World Foundation’ in cooperation with the ‘L’Chaim Society’. It was designed to initiate and coordinate international action to help parents rededicate their lives to their children and provide the children with the love and attention they need and deserve.

March 6, 2001: Michael donated a black hat, a birthday phone-call and a jacket worn at the ‘Monaco Music Awards’ in 2000 to the ‘Movie Action for Children’ auction, an event being given by ‘UNICEF’ with all proceeds going to UNICEF’s efforts to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa.

March 25, 2001: Michael handed out books to young people at a Newark, NJ theatre. The event, which helped to launch the ‘Michael Jackson International Book Club’, part of his new ‘Heal the Kids’ charity, aimed to promote childhood reading and to encourage parents to return to reading bedtime stories.

April 24, 2002: Michael performed at a fundraiser for the ‘Democratic National Committee’ at the ‘Apollo Theater’ in Harlem, helping to raise nearly $3 million dollars towards voter registration.

August, 2002: Michael donated 16 exclusively autographed items consisting of CD’s, videos and 2 cotton napkins to aid in the support of the victims of a severe flood in Germany. These items were auctioned off for charity and managed to raise 3935 Euros.

October 12, 2002: Michael invited more than 200 ‘Team Vandenberg’ members, who had recently returned from overseas deployments, and their families to his Neverland Ranch. This was to show his appreciation for the sacrifices made by the military in his community.

November 19-29, 2002: Michael donated an autographed teddy bear dressed in his likeness to Siegfried & Roy’s celebrity teddy bear auction. This auction benefited ‘Opportunity Village’ a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas that enhances the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Michael’s autographed teddy bear raised $5,000 for the charity.

November 20, 2002: Michael donated a jacket to the ‘The Bambi Charity Event’ in Berlin which raised $16,000 for homeless children in Germany.

June 2003: The Wolf family, who experienced serious damages to their belongings during the flood in Saxony, Germany in August of 2002, spent three days at Neverland, meeting Michael and his children.

This gives a brief insight into Michael’s charitable activities up to June 2003.  Of course, there are many more charitable acts that Michael undertook after this time, and far too many to list. Michael often gave of his time and money privately, and thus many of his gestures have never been documented, since he did not give in order to glean publicity or attention. He gave at least $300 million to charity during his lifetime, but this is only what is documented and the likely figure is much more, as is the likely impact on the lives of the recipients of his love, compassion and kindness whilst here.

April 1, 2004: At the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Michael was presented with a humanitarian award (a golden elephant) from the ‘African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association’ in honour of his worldwide humanitarian efforts, and particularly for his work in fighting AIDS in Africa.

The Passing of Michael Jackson

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Memorial – Michael Jackson star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fans flocked to Jackson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, adorning it with flowers and notes on the day of his death.

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The Passing of Michael Jackson

In 2009, while preparing for his comeback concert series, This Is It, Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication, after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician, Conard Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and incarcerated.  Michael Jackson’s death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and a live broadcast of his public memorial service was viewed around the world.

Michael Jackson’s death eclipsed the outpouring of grief and TV coverage given to JFK, John Lennon, Robin Williams, Prince, and even Elvis Presley

The best description of the impact of Michael Jackson death is by the following Michael Jackson fan named Esmerald Rokai:

Here’s what Esmerald Rokai said happened on the day Michael  Jackson died:

Michael Jackson’s death triggered a global outpouring of grief. The news spread quickly online, causing websites to slow down and crash from user overload. Both TMZ and the Los Angeles Times suffered outages. Google initially believed that the millions of search requests meant their search engine was under DD0S attack, and blocked searches related to Michael Jackson for 30 minutes. Twitter reported a crash, as did Wikipedia at 3:15 pm PDT (22:15 UTC). The Wikimedia Foundation reported nearly a million visitors to Jackson’s biography within one hour, probably the most visitors in a one-hour period to any article in Wikipedia’s history. AOL Instant Messenger collapsed for 40 minutes. AOL called it a “seminal moment in internet historyWe’ve never seen anything like it in terms of scope or depth.” Around 15% of Twitter posts (5,000 tweets per minute) reportedly mentioned Jackson after the news broke, compared to the 5% recalled as having mentioned the flu pandemic that had made headlines earlier in the year. Overall, web traffic ranged from 11% to at least 20% higher than normal. MTV and BET aired marathons of Jackson’s music videos. Jackson specials aired on television stations around the world. The British soap opera EastEnders added a last-minute scene to the June 26 episode in which one character tells another about the news.” And, about 12 Michael Jackson fans committed suicide, plus there were tens of thousands of Michael Jackson fans went to hospitals due to a state of shock.

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Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a privately-owned cemetery in Glendale, California. It is the original and current flagship location of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park & Mortuaries, a chain of six cemeteries and four additional mortuaries in Southern California.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

1712 S Glendale Ave

Glendale, California 91205

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The Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California

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Jackson’s tomb in the Holly Terrace of the Great Mausoleum, Forest Lawn Glendale, CA.

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Michael Jackson’s tomb in the Holly Terrace of the Great Mausoleum, Forest Lawn Glendale

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The tomb of Michael Jackson in the Holly Terrace of the Great Mausoleum, Forest Lawn Glendale

“Life happens in a flash, but memories are forever”
Michael’s Estate Earned $825 Million in 2018

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In 2014, Michael Jackson became the first artist in history to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades. Even today, Michael Jackson’s estate makes as much money as Bruce Springsteen, even though Michael Jackson has Passed On.

 ‘Rest-In-Peace’

‘Michael’ may you forever ‘Rest-In-Peace’ my beloved brother. We thank you for bring the sound of ‘Love & Light’ to this blue ball, we call planet Earth. You created more love than any politician, more love than any business leader, and more love than any major religion. You, and you alone, were able to bring different people from all over the world together, and it did not matter where in the world they lived, it did not matter what language they spoke, it did not matter what race they were, and it did not matter if they were rich or poor.

People from all over the world danced to the ‘Magic’ of Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop” the most significant cultural icon of the 20th Century. In my opinion, Michael Jackson will one day be known as the greatest entertainer of all time, not just in this century, but the 21st Century as well.

– Sir William Jackson

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