1984

Michael launches his own company MJJ PRODUCTIONS with Bill Bray & Miko Brando as first employees.

Janet is presented with the hottest female newcomer of the year award at the Black Gold Awards in Los Angeles (with a video congratulations from Michael).

  • January 10:

Michael visits the burn center at Brotman Memorial Center Hospital in Los Angeles .

  • January 11:

At the first annual Black Gold Awards, produced by Dick Clark, Michael wins four awards.

  • January 16:

Michael, Janet & LaToya attend the American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with Brooke Schields and Emmanuel Lewis.

MJ wins an unprecedented eight awards including the special award of Merit presented by Diana Ross. The ceremony is watched by over sixty millions people.

  • January 24:

Michael & The Jacksons shoot a Pepsi commercial named Street directed by Bob Giraldi and featuring the group dancing in the street with a bunch of kids (including Alfonso Ribeiro & Siggy Jackson) on a Pepsi version of Billie Jean.

  • January 26:

Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell Gordy featuring Michael on the title track is released by Motown.

  • January 27:

It is announced that Jackie Onassis will publish Michael’s autobiography.

During the filming of a second Pepsi commercial named Concert and directed by Bob Giraldi, a pyrotechnic failure causes an accident. Michael suffers second and third degree scalp burns but he is saved by Miko Brando and is rushed to to Cedar Sinai Medical Center where his arrival causes a media frenzy. All the Jackson family joins him at the hospital but Michael is moved to Brotman Memorial Hospital for treatment at the burn center.

  • January 28:

Michael is released from the hospital and goes to Emmanuel Lewis’s home to recover from the accident.

  • February:

Thriller, the seventh and last single from the album is released by Epic.

  • February 1:

Michael receives an official letter from US President Reagan wishing him a speedy recovery.

  • Febryary 5:

Michael makes his first public appearance since his burn injury when he visits the Los Angeles zoo with Emmanuel Lewis.

  • February 6:

Michael & Emmanuel Lewis are on the cover of Jet magazine.

Michael arrives in NYC and takes a suite at the Hemsley Palace.

Michael befriends Dominic Cascio, a banquet manager at the Hemsley Palace Hotel. Dominic introduces Michael to his wife Connie and children Frank (5) and Eddie (3)

Later Michael visits the Cascios at their family home in Hawthorne, New Jersey.

  • February 7:

Michael goes to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Natural History to receive awards from CBS & The Guineess Book Of World Records to celebrates Thriller as the largest-selling album of all time (25 millions at the time) Among the many guest are Michael’s date for the evening Brooke Schields, & the whole Jackson family.

  • Fevruary 8 :

Michael attends the Tap Dance Kid musical at the Broadhurst Theatre in NYC with Sean Lennon.

  • February 26:

Katherine, LaToya, Janet & Michael attend the premiere of Pepsi’s Jacksons commercial at a black-tie event for 1000 bottlers at New York City ’s Lincoln Center .

Janet appears in Diff’rent Strokes episode titled “The Wedding Part 2”

  • February 27:

Michael & Brooke Schields are on the cover of Jet magazine

The Pepsi commercials are previewed on MTV.

After 3 weeks in NYC, Michael flies back to California.

  • February 28:

In the company of Brooke Schields & Emmanuel Lewis, Michael attends the Grammy Awards ceremony broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium of Los Angeles.

He wins an unprecedented 8 awards. On stage he shares his triumph with producer Quincy Jones and even invites his sisters Janet, LaToya & Rebbie to joins him.

The Jacksons Pepsi commercials are aired during the telecast and become the most poupular ads ever!

  • March:

Michael is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Eat It, a parady of Beat It by “Weird Al” Yankovic is released.

  • March 19:

Michael is o the cover of TIME magazine with a nine page article.

  • March 20:

Michael hires Frank Dileo, Vice President of Promotions at Epic as his new manager.

  • March 23:

Michael appears on the cover of Jet magazine.

  • March 29:

The Jackson family selects Frank Russo to run the Victory Tour in association with Danny’O Donovan.

  • April:

Liza Minnelli accompanies Michael to Swifty Lazar’s Oscar Night Party but after a short stay, they go on to visit Liza’s father director Vincente Minnelli.

Jermaine Jackson’s first album for Arista contains a new duet with Michael titled Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin but Epic does not give permission to Arista to release it as a single.

  • April 9:

David Smithee, a terminally ill child is invited to visit Michael at the Encino family house thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation.

  • April 14:

Michael attends a Martell foundation dinner.

  • April 17:

Michael undergoes reconstructive scalp surgery at Brotman Memorial Hospital by his plastic surgeon Dr Steven Hoeffin

  • Late April :

The rehearsals for the Jacksons ’ Victory Tour begins at the Zoetrope Studios in Los Angeles.

  • May:

Michael is on the cover of Ebony magazine.

Motown releases the album Farewell My Summer Love, a collection of old material.

Frank Russo files a $20 millions lawsuit against the Jacksons for going back on their verbal agreement to make him manager of the Victory Tour.

  • May 4 :

The whole Jackson family gather to host a surprise party to honour Katherine at the Bistro Garden . Michael offers her a Rolls Royce!

Janet appears in Diff’rent Strokes episode titled “The Houseguest”

  • May 8:

Michael attends a performance of Cats.

  • May 11:

Michael attends a Kool and The Gang concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City accompanied by Tatum O’Neal heavily disguised in a beard and afro wig!

  • May 12:

Michael visits Shirley Maclaine backstage after her performance in Broadway.

  • May 14:

President Reagan presents a Special Achievement Award to Michael in a garden ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C.

  • May 21:

The Jacksons are on the cover of Jet magazine.

  •  May 28 :

Janet & LaToya appear on the cover of Jet magazine.

  • June:

Janet graduates from high school and decides not to go to College.

Michael meets with other supporters of Camp Good Times in Malibu such as OJ Simpson, Dustin Hoffman, David Soul, Neil Diamond & Richard Chamberlain.

  • June 5:

The Victory Tour contract is signed by Don King, Chuck Sullivan and Joe & Katherine Jackson.

  • June 9:

Michael attends the unveiling of a wax statue of himself at The Guinness Museum of World Records in San Francisco .

  • June 13:

The first single from the Victory album, State Of Shock, a duet between Michael & Mick Jagger, is premiered is premiered on radio stations. It’s an instant success even though no video is shot for the song.

  • June 22:

Jackie cheats on Enid with Paula Abdul who drives over him which causes a knee injury and prevents him for participating to the Victory Tour.

  • June 26:

Michael and his brothers arrive in Birmingham for secret pre-tour rehearsals.

  • June 29:

During Victory Tour rehearsals in Atlanta , Michael & his brothers greet a crowd of several thousands fans.

  • June 30 :

LaToya and Howard Hewett sing “Heart Don’t Lie.” LaToya  sings “Bet’cha Gonna Need My Lovin’ on American Bandstand.

  • July:

The single Centipede by Rebbie Jackson is released on Colombia Records. The song is written and produced by Michael who also sings backing vocals.

The album Victory is released by Epic. For the first time, the 6 brothers are reunited with the return of Jermaine.

Janet joins the cast of musical TV show “Fame” on NBC. She plays the part of Cleo Hewitt. She also records a second album for A&M.

LaToya’s 3rd studio album titled “Heart Don’t Lie” is released by Epic Records.

 

Victory Tour 

July 1, 1984 Birmingham United States Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (Full dress rehearsal)
July 6, 1984 Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium 136,638 $4,050,000
July 7, 1984
July 8, 1984
July 13, 1984 Irving Texas Stadium 118,803 $3,564,090
July 14, 1984
July 15, 1984
July 21, 1984 Jacksonville Gator Bowl Stadium 135,000 $4,050,000
July 22, 1984
July 23, 1984
July 29, 1984 East Rutherford Giants Stadium 132,846 $4,523,940
July 30, 1984
July 31, 1984
August 4, 1984 New York City Madison Square Garden 34,000 $960,000
August 5, 1984
August 10, 1984 Knoxville Neyland Stadium[16] 146,349 $4,452,210
August 11, 1984
August 12, 1984
August 17, 1984 Pontiac Pontiac Silverdome 143,700 $4,350,030
August 18, 1984
August 19, 1984
August 25, 1984 Buffalo Rich Stadium 94,000 $2,820,000
August 26, 1984
September 1, 1984 Philadelphia John F. Kennedy Stadium 120,000 $4,350,000
September 2, 1984
September 7, 1984 Denver Mile High Stadium 105,000 —
September 8, 1984
September 17, 1984 Montreal Canada Montreal Olympic Stadium 70,000 $2,640,000
September 18, 1984
September 21, 1984 Washington, D.C. United States RFK Stadium 90,000 —
September 22, 1984
September 28, 1984 Philadelphia John F. Kennedy Stadium 120,000 $4,350,000
September 30, 1984
October 5, 1984 Toronto Canada Exhibition Stadium 180,000 —
October 6, 1984
October 7, 1984
October 12, 1984 Chicago United States Comiskey Park 120,000 —
October 13, 1984
October 14, 1984
October 19, 1984 Cleveland Cleveland Municipal Stadium 94,000 —
October 20, 1984
October 26, 1984 Atlanta Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 61,000 $1,960,000
October 27, 1984
November 2, 1984 Miami Miami Orange Bowl 134,000 $3,382,064
November 3, 1984
November 9, 1984 Houston Astrodome 80,000 —
November 10, 1984
November 16, 1984 Vancouver Canada BC Place 107,000 $2,896,800
November 17, 1984
November 18, 1984
November 30, 1984 Los Angeles United States Dodger Stadium 330,000 —
December 1, 1984
December 2, 1984
December 7, 1984
December 8, 1984
December 9, 1984

 

  • July 5:

After a controversy over the selling of tickets, Michael holds a major press conference with his brothers to announce a change in the tour’s organisation and also that the whole of his share of the proceeds from the Victory Tour will be donated to charity.

  • July 6/7/8:

The Jacksons kick off the Victory Tour in Kansas City ( Missouri )

The whole Jackson family + Reverend Jesses Jackson attend the concerts.

  • July 13/14/15 :

Concerts in Dallas ( Texas ) attended by Prince & Emmanuel Lewis among others. During the second concert in Dallas , Eddie Van Halen joins Michael on stage to play his solo guitar on Beat It

  • July 16:

Michael is on the cover of Newsweek.

  • July 20:

Publicity of the Michael Jackson doll begins.

 

  • July 23 :

Janet appears on the cover of Jet Magazine.

  • July 29/30/31:

Concerts in East Rutherford ( New Jersey ) attended by Katherine, Janet, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Dominic, Connie, Frank & Eddie Cascio among others.

  • August:

The single Torture is released by Epic. It’s a duet between Michael & Jermaine but none of them participates to the video!

  • August 4/5:

Concerts at the Madison Square Garden in New York City attended by many celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Mayor Koch, Cyndi Lauper, Brooke Schields, Bette Midler or Emmanuel Lewis. During his stay in New York , Michael has dinner with Katherine Hepburn at her city townhouse.

  • August 7/8/9:

Concerts in Knoxville a huge success despite death threats against Michael and heavy rain.

  • August 13 : 

“Don’t Stand Another Chance” is released at the 1st single from “Dream Street”.

  • August 17/18/19:

Concert in Detroit ( Michigan )

Michael is staying with his friend, former child star Spanky McFarland of the Our Gang movies.

Michael films a home video at Pontiac City Hall, Michigan with a troop of police officers.

  • August 20-24:

Michael vists Disneyworld with Emmanuel Lewis in Orlando ( Florida )

  • September:

Michael is on the cover of Life magazine.

  • September 1/2 :

Concerts in Philadelphia ( Pennsylvania ) attended by Sly Stone & Bruce Spingsteen.

  • September 5:

Frank Dileo holds a press conference to read a statement on behalf of Michael to set the record straight about many rumours.

  • September 7:

While the Jackson family is on tour, Janet & her boyfriend James DeBarge secretly elope in Grand Rapids ( Michigan ). Janet only reveals her secret marriage to LaToya but soon the rest to family learns the truth and James move into Hayvenhurst in Janet’s bedroom.

  • September 7/8:

Concerts in Denver ( Colorado ). Michael visits Elton John.

  • September 8:

LaToya is a guest on Solid Gold.

  • September 14:

Michael wins three awards at the first annual MTV Video Music Awards but does not attend the ceremony.

  • September 15:

Michael goes shopping with Quincy Jones on Montreal.

Janet performs her new single Don’t Stand Another Chance & Dream Street  on American Bandstand. “Two To The Power Of Love” is released at the 2nd single from “Dream Street”.

  • September 16:

Michael attends Sunday service at the Kingdom Hall in Montreal .

  • September 17/18:

Concerts in Montreal . During the last song, Jackie joins the brothers on stage for the first time during the tour.

  • September 21/22:

Concerts in Washington D.C.

While in Washington , Michael visits the Kennedy Center Opera House to see Anthony Quinn and Lila Kedrova in the touring production of Zorba.

  • September 28/29:

Concerts in Philadelphia ( Pennsylvania )

  • September 29 : Season 4 premiere of “Fame” featuring Janet is aired on NBC.In the first episode Janet/Cleo performs  her new single “Two To The Power Of Love” with Jesse Borrego taking Cliff Richard’s place
  • October:

The single Body is released by Epic. Michael does not appear in the video.

 

  • October 23 :

Janet’s second album Dream Street is released by A&M Records.

“Fast Girls” is released at the 3rd single from “Dream Street”.

Janet gives an interview on the Bryant Gumbel show.

 

  • October 27 :

In Fame new episode “The Heart Of Rock N Roll”, Janet/Cleo performs “Don’t Stand Another Chance”.

  • November:

Michael is on the cover of People Extra.

Janet & James move in a condo in Brentwood

  • November 9/10:

Concerts in Houston ( Texas )

Michael sits for Madame Tussauds sculptor Jim Mathieson.

  • November 10  : 

Janet performs Don’t Stand Another Chance on the Soul Train Show.

  • November 18:

Michael is made an honorary member of the new West Minister Police Department while in British Colombia ()

  • November 20:

5000 fans turn out to see Michael at the unveiling of his Hollywood Boulevard Star on the Walk Of Fame.

Dream Street” is released as the 4th & final single from “Dream Street’.

  • November 30/December1/ 2 :

Concerts at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles .

  • December:

Michael is on the cover of Ebony and magazines.He appears in the video LA is my lady produced by Quincy Jones for Frank Sinatra.

Michael visits Steven Spielbeg on the set of The Goonies movie and befriends the young actor Corey Feldman.

  • December 6:

Michael is in Chicago to testify in court that he wrote The Girl Is Mine.

  • December 7/8/9:

The Jacksons play their last Victory Tour concerts at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles . During the last song of the last concert, Janet, LaToya & Rebbie join the group on stage with all the nieces and nephews to dance. Michael announces his split from The Jacksons.

During 55 concerts attended by over 2 million people, the tour grossed a record $75 million!

  • December 13:

Michael returns to the Brotman Memorial

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