January : Katherine, Joe, Jermaine, Alejandra, Genevieve, Donte & Randy Jr move back into a renovated Hayvenhurst.

Janet is on the cover of Upsale magazine.

Janet renegociates her contracts with Virgin Records and earns an unprecedented 80 million dollars!

Michael shoots the “Prison” version of the They Don’t Care About Us video directed by Spike Lee in New York.

Michael’s nurse & friend Debbie Rowe offers him to bear his child. She gets pregnant but has a miscarriage.

LaToya & Jack are guests on Howard Stern and Maury.

January 8 : “Twenty Foreplay” is released as the 2nd & final single from “Design Of A Decade 1986-1996”.

January 18 : Lisa Marie officially files for divorce. Michael’s spokesman states that they remain friends.

January 25 : Michael goes to Motown Café in New York with his make up artist & friend Karen Faye.

Michael is in NYC to shoot the short film for “They Don’t Care About Us” directed by Spike Lee.

Late January : LaToya reacts on Michael’s divorce on TV saying this mariage was an arrangment.

BET airs Janet’s interview with Ed Gordon.

January 28 : LaToya appears as a Barbie doll mermaid in a clinging sequined white gown designed by Gai Mattiolo at the opening of Rome’s high fashion spring and summer shows in Italy. While in Rome, LaToya & Jack Gordon make their last public appearance together on an Italian TV show. For the last time, LaToya accuses Michael of bad behaviour with children.

February 9 : Michael arrives at the airport in Salvador, in Brazil, accompanied by the Cascio kids.

February 10-17 : Michael films a second version of the “They Don’t Care About Us” short film directed by Spike Lee.

February 18 : Michael & the Cascios arrive in London .

February 19 : Michael performs “Earth Song” at the Brit Awards in London and he is almost interrupted by Jarvis Cocker, the leader of the British Band Pulp and he also receives the award of Artist Of A Generation presented by Bob Geldof.

February 20 : Controversy over the Earth Song performance in the UK .
Michael & the Cascio kids go to Disneyland Paris to spend a few days.

February 24 : Michael welcomes two French fans Nicola Nadege and Barbara Amoroso to his suite at Disneyland Paris.

Late February : Michael and the Cascio kids fly back to New York City.

March 01 : Michael gives a three hour long videotaped deposition at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City as part of a lawsuit filed by five Neverland employees against Michael for wrongful dismissal.

March : Michael starts working on a new short film named “Ghost” for the song “2 Bad”, directed by Stan Winston and co-written by Stephen King. This project is based on the “Is This Scary” project that was scrapped in 1993 because of the Chandler scandal.

March 14-20 : Michael is in Paris to visit castles. He stays at the Disneyland Hotel and at the George 5 Hotel.

March 19 : Michael gives a press conference in Paris to announce the launch of Kingdom Entertainment, a Paris based multimedia corporation jointly owned with Saudi Prince Al Walid.

Michael hires Tarak Ben Amar as his new manager.

March 31 : They Don’t Care About Us” is released as the 4th single from “History”.

April : Michael starts filming the “Ghost” short film in Van Nuys studios (California)
During breaks, he visits his family at Hayvenhurst disguised as the “Mayor”.

April 25 : LaToya is spotted Walking On Madison Avenue with her blonde hair.

April 28 : Michael attends the play “Sisterella” which he produced at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California with Debbie Rowe.

May : Debbie Rowe visits Michael on the set of the “Ghosts” short film and announces that she’s pregnant with their baby.

May 3 : Afraid that Jack Gordon wants to book her in a porn film, LaToya calls Randy and asks him to rescue her. Randy immediately catches a plane with his cousin Tony and they take LaToya from her New York hotel straight to her Las Vegas home. There, LaToya is treated for bruises and she files for divorce ans asks a restraining order to protect her from Jack Gordon. In the following days/weeks/months, LaToya slowly reconnects with the family starting with Randy, Jermaine & Joe and she speaks to Katherine on the phone.

May 07 : Michael makes a break in the Ghost shooting and goes to Monaco.

May 8 : Michael attends the World Music Awards in Monaco . He performs “Earth Song” and wins 5 awards. At the end of the ceremony he gets on stage to hug Diana Ross who’s performing. He also addresses the controversy over “They Don’t Care About Us” claiming to never have been anti-Semitic.

May 11 : Michael visits the amusement park Fantasialand near Cologne in Germany with Anton Schleiter.

May 12 : Michael goes to London.

May 13-15 : Michael visits Castles in France before flying back to the to resume work on the Ghost short film.
“They Don’t Care About Us” is finally released in the US.

June : Michael starts rehearsing for the History Tour with Kenny Ortega.
He also rehearses for a special concert in Brunei based on the Dangerous Tour concept.

June 6 : Michael appears on MTV Asia’s Channel 5.

June 7 : Evan Chandler sues Michael, Lisa Marie, Sony Music, Diane Sayer & ABC Television for breaking the confidential agreement of their 1994 settlement.

June 24 : People magazine publishes a picture of Steven Spielberg visiting Michael on the set of Ghosts.

Early July : In Van Nuys, Michael shoots the videos for “Stranger In Moscow” (directed by Nick Brandt) & “Why” (with the 3T).

He also makes a photoshoot with the 3T for the cover of their upcoming single “Why”.

July 13 : Michael arrives in Brunei with the Cascios.

July 15 : Michael attends the 50th birthday of the Sultan of Brunei.

July 16 : For the Sultan’s birthday celebrations, Michael performs his first ever free concert before 60 000 people at the Jerudong Amusement Park. The concert is taped and eventually offered to the people of Brunei.

July 18 : Michael arrives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He visits the sprawling Soweto township to place a wreath in memory of children who lost their lives in the 1976 Soweto uprising. Later, he attends a private birthday for President Nelson Mandela.

July 19 : Michael gives a press conference in Sun City to announce concert plans in South Africa.

July 20 : Michael visits Nelson Mandela.

July 21 : Michael goes to Casanblanca, Marocco, for concert plans.

July 22 : Michael makes a short visit to the Budapest Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary.

July 23 : Michael returns to the Budapest Hospital with Bela Farkas, the little boy whose life-saving operation was financed by Michael in 1994.

July 25 : Alejandra gives birth to Jermaine’s son Jaafar Jackson.

Late july : Michael resumes the History Tour rehearsals in San Bernrdino, California .

August 28 : The singles “Stranger in Moscow” is released as the 5th & final single from the “History” album along with a video in black & white.

September : LaToya gives a phone interview to Howard Stern about Jack Gordon. It’s her last appearance on the show and the last time she speaks about Jack Gordon to US media until 2003.

Early September : Michael goes to Disneyland Paris with Anton Schleiter, his sister Franceska and the Cascio family (Connie, Dominic, Marie Nicole & Aldo).

Janet & Rene attend Stacee Brown wedding to Rex Salas at Neverland with all the Jackson family (except Michael, 3T & LaToya).

The single “Why” (duet between 3T & MJ)  is released in Europe along with a video. It’s a big it in France.

September 3 : Michael arrives in Prague to launch the History World Tour with the Cascio family (Connie and her children Domininc, Marie Nicole and Aldo).

September 6 : Michael visits a children’s hospital in Prague. Later he rehearses for the opening night of the History Tour.

September 7 : Michael kicks off his History World Tour before 130 000 people at the Letná Park in Prague.

September 8 : Michael arrives in Budapest where he is welcomed by 4000 fans!

September 10 : Concert in Budapest.

September 12 : Michael arrives in Bucharest with the Cascio kids. They go to a post-revolutionary tour of monuments and orphanages

September 14 : Concert in Bucharest.

September 16 : Michael arrives in Moscow where he is greeted by the City Mayor.

September 17 : Concert in Moscow.

September 19 : Concert in Warsaw.

September 24 : Concert in Zaragoza.

September 28/30 + October 2 : Concerts in Amsterdam.

October 2 : In Holland , Michael launches his own soft drink named Mystery with help from german business man Dieter Wiesner that was introduced to Michael by his longtime bodyguard Wayne Nagin.

October 3 : Michael arrives in London to complete work on the soundtrack for the “Ghosts” Short film.

October 4 : Michael attends a performance of “Oliver” at the London Palladium.

October 6 : Michael arrives in Tunis where he is welcomed by hundreds of fans. While in Tunis , Michael meets and befriends Omer Bhatti, a young Norwegian fan that he decides to take on tour with him. Omer will remain very close to Michael until his death in 2009.

October 7 : Concert in Tunis.

October 10 : Michael visits Song Jook Orphanage in Seoul, South Korea.

October 11/13 : Concerts in Seoul.

October 13 :  Janet & Rene attend the baptizing of Tyler James Harris, the son of Jimmy Jam.

October 14 : Michael, Omer Bhatti & Pia Bhatti arrive at Taiwan’s Chiang Kai-shek International Airport. Michael visits the Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, on Medon Street, to meet with Cardinal Kim in Seoul, South Korea.

October 18 : Concert in Taipei.

October 20 : Concert in Kaoshung.

October 22 : Concert in Taipei.

October 25 : Concert in Singapoure.

October 27/29 : Concerts in Kuala Lumpur.

October 30 : Michael arrives in Mumbai, India with the Cascio family. He is welcomed by indian actress Sonali Bendre, Raj Thackeray, Shiv Sena and Sharmila Thackeray and Aditya Thackeray. At night Michael attends briefly a party honouring him at The Oberoi hotel where he is presented with a replica of Taj Mahal and he meets Indian actor Anupam Kher.

October 31 : Michael visits the Thackeray family home in Mumbai. Michael attends an Halloween party with the Cascios at his hotel in Mumbai.

The short film “Ghosts” is premiered in 11 selected Sony cinemas in the US.

Janet & Rene attend a Gay Parade in Santa Barbara.

November 1 : Concert at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai.

November 5 : Concert in Bangkok.

November 6 : Media learn about Debbie Rowe’s pregnancy.

November 9/11 : Concerts in Auckland.

November 10 : Michael gives an interview to VH1 answering selected questions by viewers.

November 14 : Concert in Sydney. After the show, just after midnight (thus on the 15th) , Michael gets married to Debbie Rowe in the presidential suit of the Sheraton-on-the-Park Hotel.
His cousin Anthony Jackson & Dr Metzger are his Best Men.
He denies in a press release the news reports claiming that Debbie has been artificially inseminated.

November 15 : Michael & Debbie attend the Australian premiere of “Ghosts”.

November 16 : Concert in Sydney (attended by Debbie).

November 19 : Concerts in Bribane.

November 22/24 : Concerts in Melbourne.

November 25 : Michael visits sick children at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. .

November 26 : Concert in Adelaide.

November 30 + December 2/4 : Concerts in Perth.

December : The single “I Need You” by 3T is released in Europe. MJ does background vocals on the song but does not appear in the video..

December 5 : Michael arrives in Manille (Phillipines).

December 8/10 : Concerts in Manille.

December 12 : Michael goes to Tower Records in Tokyo to set his hand and signature in plaster for a plaque to be displayed in the store permanently.

December 13/15/17/20 : Concerts at the Tokyo Dome.

December 18 : Michael visits Sega headquarters in Tokyo with Omer Bhatti.

December 19 : Michael visits Joypolis amusement park in Tokyo with Omer Bhatti. At night Michael attends the Japonese premiere of “Ghosts” with Omer.
Later he receives a platinum disc award from Sony Music Japon chairman.

December 26/28 : Concerts in Fukuoka.

December 29 : Michael leaves Japon for Brunei.

December 30 : Michael goes to the Jerudong amusement park in Brunei.

December 31 : Michael spends new years’s eve performing a free concert in Jerudong Park paid by the Sultan of Brunei for his people.

Previous year : 1995

Following year : 1997


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