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Dee Dee files for divorce after finding Tito with another woman…

The CD album 'Destiny' of The Jacksons is released by Epic.

The CD album 'Original Motown Classics' of The Jackson 5 is released in the USA by Motown/Pair Records.

Day of the original pose with Michael Jackson as 'Smooth Criminal'.

'The Inside Edition' special airs on TV at the beginning of 1990 by Inside Edition which focus on Joseph Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family.

'The Chipmunks – Home Sweet Home' airs on TV, a clip from "The Chipmunks”, where Alvin dances with Michael Jackson on ‘Billie Jean’.

Music Connection named Jackson "Man of the Decade".

Vanity Fair have honoured Jackson with the award "Most Popular Artist In The History Of Show Business".

Michael Jackson offered Pierre Picton £500,000 for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car as Pierre entered Chitty in the British Film Rally, sponsored by BAFTA, to raise money for the Save The Children charity.

The book 'Jackson & Jackson' of Katherine Jackson is released in France by Ergo.

The single 'Blame It On The Boogie' of The Jacksons is re-released in Holland by Epic.

The album 'Presença De Jacksons' is re-released in Brazil by Epic.

The CD album 'The Jacksons Live' is re-released in the USA by Epic


Michael is presented with the MTV’s Video Vanguard Artist Of The Decade.

Michael visits Disney world in Florida.

January 6:

Michael invites 82 abused children to Neverland.

January 26:

Michael is at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the unveiling of a painting of himself titled "The Book" made by Australian artist Brett Livingstone Strong.

January 27:

Michael attends the American Cinema Awards where he receives the Entertainer Of The Decade Award from his guest Sophia Loren.


Platinum Limited Editions produced a limited edition of thousand numbered Michael Jackson 'Artist of the Decade Awards' in the USA through Epic Records for the success of his albums 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad' in the years 80.

February 3:

Michael receives a Role Model Award from Japan which he accepts via satellite.

February 4:

ABC airs the Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.’s 60th year in Show Business, this show won the Emmy award and was the last appearance of Sammy.

February 20:

Michael attends a sit-down breakfast at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel organised by CBS Records to celebrate Michael as the Top Selling Artist Of the 80’s.

February 21:

Michael Jackson's "good vs. evil" sci-fi film, "Moonwalker", wins the award for "Best Long Form Music Video" at the 32nd Grammy Awards from Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. Michael was not present that evening.

March 14:

Michael receives The Silver Award at the 4th annual Soul Train Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California as part of his recognition as the 1980's Artist Of The Decade. Michael was not present that evening.

March 20:

Adrian Grant (the editor of fanzine Off The Wall) presents Michael with a painting at a recording studio in Los Angeles where Michael is working on new songs.

March 26:

Adrian Grant visits Michael at his Neverland ranch.


'Moonwalker' of Michael Jackson is released on VHS video in the UK by Guild Home Video.


Wade Robson, a seven-year-old Australian boy is invited by Michael to come to to study singing and dancing with him. He and his mother Joy stay at Neverland and will become regular guests at the ranch.

April 4:

Michael visits the Capital Children’s Museum in Washington DC with Ann Levin.

April 5:

Michael meets with President Bush at the White House Rose Garden ceremony to be honoured as 'Entertainer Of The Decade' by the Capital Children’s Museum. Later, Michael attends a fund-raising dinner in his honour at the historic Merrywood Estate in McLean.

April 7:

Michael arrives as one of the first guests at the Taj Mahal Casino of his friend Donald Trump.

April 8:

Michael hears the tragic death of his close friend Ryan White while at the Taj Mahal Casino. He leaves immediately with Donald Trump to travel to Ryan’s home in Indiana.

April 11:

Michael attends Ryan White’s funeral service in Indiana along with 1500 persons including Barbara Bush, Elton John & Ryan’s mother Jeanne.


Fan force Michael to retreat while visiting F.A.O Schwartz Toy Store with two young girls.

John Brown, a 14-year-old cancer sufferer is invited to Neverland to meet his idol in person.

May 8:

Michael receives the first ever BMI Michael Jackson Award at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

May 16:

Sammy Davis Jr., a long time friend of Michael dies of throat cancer. Michael is named as an honorary pallbearer along with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Bill Cosby.

June 3:

Michael collapses while dancing at the Hideout. He is taken to St John Hospital of Los Angeles where he is treated for chest pains. He gets visits from the whole Jackson family (except LaToya) + Elizabeth Taylor who is treated in the same hospital.

June 8:

Michael leaves the hospital and goes resting in Neverland.

June 17:

Eliza gives birth to Stevanna Jackson but she files for divorce soon after.

June 25:

Michael start recording the 'Dangerous' album at the Ocean Way/Record One Studio 2 in Los Angeles.


Michael was honoured with a Broccoli award from 'Alive And Well' magazine for promoting good health food through diet.


Michael attends the wedding of Berry Gordy to Grace Eaton in Santa Barbara .

45 sick children are invited to spend the day with Michael in Neverland.

The first publicity pictures of Michael LA Gear campaign begin to circulate in magazines as well as the first TV commercial showing Michael dancing in the street with his niece Brandi.


Sega/Genesis releases the video game of 'Moonwalker'.

Commercials for LA Gear with Michael Jackson begin airing in movie theatres.

August 18:

Michael invites 130 children from the YMCA's Summer Program in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to his ranch. They were treated to a barbecue meal, played video games, visited his zoo, and watched movies. Each child was given a free pair of sneakers. The children show their appreciation by making a banner reading, 'We Love You Michael'. Michael is also made an honorary member of the 28th Street YMCA in Los Angeles.

It is also announced that Michael has hired Sandy Gallin as his new personal manager.


Michael is featured in a Quincy Jones documentary named Listen Up!

September 12:

Michael attends the City Of Hope Gala in honour of CBS Record Division President, Tommy Mottola.

September 14:

Disney’s chairman, Michael Eisner presents Michael with the first ever Michael Jackson Good Scout Humanitarian Award at the Century Plaza Towers in LA.


Katherine Jackson publishes her memoirs and gives an interview to Ebony magazine to promote it.

October 1:

The book 'My Family The Jacksons' of Katherine Jackson is released in the USA by St Martin's.

October 23:

Michael and Elton John are named as the first recipients of the Ryan White Memorial Awards scheduled for 1991, for outstanding contribution to AIDS programs.


Michael Jackson invites British lung cancer victim, John Brown, to visit him to his Neverland Ranch in America. The 14-year old jets to Los Angeles, California with sister Michelle. The trip is arranged by “Make A Wish Foundation”.


'A Tribute To John Lennon’ is broadcast and includes Michael’s performance of 'Come Together' taken from ‘Moonwalker.'

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