1989

  • January 2:

MTV premieres the video for “Leave Me Alone”.

The Cosby Show has the Huxtable family attending a Michael Jackson concert.

  • January 5:

Margaret gives birth to Jourdynn Jackson. A few months later, Jermaine, Margaret & the kids leave Hayvenhurst to move in their own house in Beverly Hills .

  • January 10:

Moonwalker is released on video in the US & Canada.

  • January 16/17/18/26/27:

Michael plays the five last concert of the Bad World Tour at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles . Among the celebrities attending the shows are Gregory Peck, Barbara Streisand, Sylvester Stallone, Sydney Poitier, Elizabeth Taylor, Whitney Houston, Berry Gordy, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Liza Minnelli, Katherine, Joe, Rebbie & Janet.

The tour ends after 123 concerts grossing over $125 millions!

  • January 30:

At the American Music Awards, Michael is presented with the video Pioneer Award presented by his friend Eddy Murphy.

  • January 31 :

LaToya gives a press conference in New York City to reveal her upcoming cover for Playboy Magazine. She is a guest on Late Night With David Letterman.

  • February-April :

Janet & Rene go to Minneapolis to record the “Rhythm Nation 1814” album with Terry Lewis & Jimmy Jam.

  • February:

“Leave Me Alone” is released  as the 8th single from “Bad” but only in Europe .

LaToya Jackson appears on the March cover of Playboy magazine and stops talking to the family who blames her manager Jack Gordon.

  • February 7:

Michael visits the Cleveland Elementary School in Scockton ( California ) after a man opened fire on children.

  • February 13:

Michael accepts two Brits Awards via satellite.

  • February 14:

Michael’s publicist Lee Solters announces that Michael and his manager Frank Dileo are to part company.

  • February 27:

Michael is on the cover of Jet magazine.

  • March:

The Black Radio Exclusive Humanitaran Award is presented to Michael at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City ( California )

  • March 5:

Michael takes 200 disadvantaged children to Circus Vargas in Santa Barbara and to Neverland.

  • March 16:

The single “2300 Jackson Street” is released by Epic. It’s a tribute to Joe & Katherine with all the children (except Marlon & LaToya) & grandchildren singing and appearing in the video shot during a Family Day at Tito’s home.

  • April:

Michael is on the cover of Ebony magazine.

Michael shoots the video for Liberian Girl featuring many guest stars such as Paula Abdul, Quincy Jones, John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, Rosanna Arquette, Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, David Copperfield, Corey Feldman & Bubbles!

The video is dedicated to Liz Taylor.

LaToya is a guest on Bob Hope’s Easter Vacation in The Bahamas TV Special.

  • April 12:

Michael attends the 3rd Soul Train Awards where he is presented the Heritage Award & Sammy Davis Jr Award from Eddie Murphy & Elizabeth Taylor. Another award is presented to Michael by Mike Tyson.

  • April 14:

At the 2nd World Music Awards in , Michael accepts two awards presented by Whitney Houston via satellite from Neverland.

  • April 26 :

Janet and Rene Elizondo attend the Fourth Annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

  • May:

Michael is seized by armed police after being mistaken for a robber whilst shopping in disguise with Jimmy Safechuck at Zales jewellers in Simi Valley.

  • May /June  :

Janet shoots a short film to promote her next album. It is directed by Dominic Sena and features the songs The Knowledge, Miss You Much & Rhythm Nation.

Rene helps in the prouction and Tina Landon is featured among the dancers.

Michael visits Janet on the set of her Rhythm Nation 1814 short film and spends time with Katherine on the set.

  • May 16 :

Janet celebrates her birthday for the first time of her life on the set of Rhythm Nation thanks to Rene & Tina.

  • June 13:

Michael gives a second sitting to sculptor David Goode in Los Angeles for the latest Madame Tussaud’s wax figure.

  • June 23:

“2300 Jackson Street”, the last album by The Jacksons is released by Epic. Michael only participates to the title song.

  • July 4:

Michael turns up at Diana Ross’s Motown home-coming party with super-model Beverly Johnson.

Two year after the promotion began, Liberian Girl, the ninth & last single of the Bad album is released in Europe .

  • July 28

Michael becomes the newsest claymation member of the Raisin Family by appearing in their new TV commercial called Michael Raisin.

  • August :

Randy gets married to Eliza Shaffer while still sleeping with Alejandra.

  • August 16 : 

“Miss You Much” is released as the 1st single from “Rhythm Nation 1814” becomes number 1 on the Hot 100 Billboard. The video premieres on MTV 2 days later.

  • September 5:

LaToya Jackson gets married Jack Gordon and stops speaking to the family.

Randy marries his girlfriend Eliza Sheffe but keeps on sleeping with his old flame Alejandra…

  • September 13:

Michael attends a press conference to announce a new endorsement deal with L.A Gear under the special marketing campaign Unstoppable.

 

  • September 19 :

The album “Rhythm Nation 1814” is released by A&M and becomes number 1.

The “Rhythm Nation 1814” is world premiered on MTV.

Janet gives a press conference to announce the album & the short film.

  • September 22:

Michael receives the Humanitarian Award at the 8th annual Best Of Washington Celebrity Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Sheraton Washington Hotel.

  • October :

Janet, Rene & the Kids (the dancers) go on promotional tour in Europe.

-London : They perform Miss You Much on Top Of The Pops and Rhythm Nation on TV PLUS, The Royal Variety Performance & Big England Cafe.
-Paris : They perform Miss You Much at Sacrée Soirée
-Munich : They perform Miss You Much on ZDF.
-Spain : They perform Miss You Much
-Belgium : They perform Miss You Much & Rhythm Nation at the Diamond Awards Festival.

  • October 10:

Michael goes back to the Gardner Elementary School in Hollywood where he attended sixth grade. The school renames his auditotorium “The Michael Jackson Auditorium”. Michael gives a speech to thank his former teacher Mrs Gerstin & former tutor, Rose Fine who attend the event.

  • October 24 : 

“Rhythm Nation” is released as the 2nd single from “Rhythm Nation 1814”.

Janet is on the cover of Jet magazine.

  • November 10:

The Jackson Family are interviewed on Donahue (Michael, Janet & LaToya refuse to participate)

  • November 13:

Michael sings You Were There during the taping of the Sammy Davis Jr 6Oth Anniversary TV Special.

  • December:

Michael attends the world class boxing fight between Sugar Ray Leonard & Roberto Duran at the Mirage Hotel.

Bo Jackson of the LA Raiders visits Michael at a Los Angeles Studio where he is recording new songs a greatest hits project named “Decade”.

Michael is on the cover of Vanity Fair with a new photoshoot by Annie Leibovitz

  •  December 1 :

Janet & Rene go at Le Dome Restaurant in West Hollywood.

  • December 3 :

Randy’s lover, Alejandra Loaiza gives birth to his daughter, Genevieve Jackson.

  • December 6:

Michael makes a surprise appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show to present Eddie Murphy with the MTV’s Humour God Of The 80’s Award. Murphy then presents Michael with the award for Thrillers as The Greatest Video In The History Of The World.

  • December 8 :

Janet receives A Plaque Celebrating 7 Million Copies Sold of “Rhythm Nation

  • December 19:

Michael visits F.A.O Schwartz toy store in Manhattan . He then goes to Radio City Music Hall with several children to see the Christmas Spectacular.

  • December 28:

Ryan White, a young victim of AIDS is invited to spend a week in Neverland with Michael.

  • December 31:

Michael is presented with a scroll proclaiming him Best Selling Male Singer of the 80’s as part of the Cilla Black ITV Show “Goodbye to the 8O’s”.

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