Janet’s Early Years : 1966-1981

May 16, 1966 : Katherine gives birth to Janet Damito Jo Jackson in Gary.

November 30, 1968 : While the Jackson 5 perform at the Regal Theater in Chicago, their sister Rebbie gets married to Nathaniel Brown at the Kingdom Hall of Gary. One month later they move to Kentucky. Janet, aged 2, attends the ceremony.

July 1969 : Motown headquarters move from Detroit to California and so do the J5! Joe, Tito, Jack Richardson, drummer Johnny Jackson & keyboards players Ronny Rancifer drive to Los Angeles while Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon & Michael fly out a few days later. The group is accommodated at the Motel Tropicana on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Katherine remains in Gary with LaToya, Randy and Janet.

November , 1969 : Katherine, LaToya, Janet & Randy join Joe and the Jackson 5 in California and the whole family moves into a house rented by Motown on 1601 Queen Roads in Los Angeles.

The family celebrates their new life by driving up to San Francisco for the weekend.

November 1970 : The Jackson family moves in a new house rented by Motown at
Bowmont Drive, in Beverly Hills.

May 5, 1971 : The Jackson family moves into a new house that they just purchased in Encino, they call their new home Hayvenhurst. They share 6 rooms  : Katherine/Joe, Jackie/Randy Rancifer, Tito/Johnny Jackson, Jermaine/Marlon, Michael/Randy, LaToya/Janet).

May 6, 1971 : Rebbie gives birth to a baby girl named Stacee Brown.

September 24, 1971 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Life magazine with Katherine & Joe. The photoshoot took place at Hayvenhurst and features Rebbie, baby Stacee, LaToya & 5 years old Janet.

June 17, 1972 : Tito leaves Hayvenhurst and gets married to Delores “Dee Dee” Martes in LA. The whole family attends the wedding including Michael, LaToya & Janet.

March 9, 1973 : Katherine files for divorce after finding out about Joe’s affair but she withdraws her demand a couple of months later.

August 4, 1973 : Dee Dee gives birth to Toriano Jackson 2 (Taj), Tito’s first son and Katherine and Joe’s first grandson.

December 15, 1973 : Jermaine leaves Hayvenhurst and gets married to Hazel Gordy, daughter of Berry Gordy. The whole family attends the wedding including Michael, LaToya & Janet.

March 16, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine” & “This Old Man”/”ABC” on the Carol Burnett Show. 7 years old Janet makes her TV debut and performs with Randy a Sonny & Cher skit. The show is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

April 7 + 9 +10 +11 +12+13+14+15+16+17+18+19+20+21+22+23, 1974 : Joe Jackson arranges for the whole family , including sisters Rebbie, LaToya & Janet to perform twice a day a family show at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas ( Nevada ). Katherine attends every shows.

April 26+27+28, 1974 : The Jackson family moves their cabaret set to the Sahara Tahoe in Stateline.

August 1974 : The Jackson family is on the cover of Jet Magazine including Rebbie, LaToya & Janet.

August 21+22+23+24+25+26+27+28+30+31 +September 1+2+3, 1974 : The Jackson family return to the MGM Grand Hotel of Las Vegas for another series of shows.

August 30, 1974 : Cheryl Terrel, Joe’s lover, gives birth to a baby girl named Joh’ Vonnie.

September 3 , 1974: The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine” on the Merv Griffin Show and Janet & Randy perform their Sonny & Cher skit (taped in Los Angeles).

October 4+5+6, 1974 : New series of family shows at the Sahara Tahoe in Stateline.

November 20+21+22+23+24+25+26+27+28+29+30+31 + December 1+2+3, 1974 : Last series of family shows at the MGM Grand Hotel of Las Vegas.

November 24, 1974 : Jackie gets married to Enid Spann in Las Vegas. Soon after he leaves Hayvenhurst to move in hIs own place with Enid.

December 1974 : The whole Jackson family is on the cover of Ebony magazine.

Janet attends the 46th annual Santa Claus Lane Parade in Hollywood, California.

January 28, 1975 : Concert in Mexico City, Mexico (unknown venue). Katherine, Janet & LaToya attend the concert.

February 5, 1975 : Michael, Randy & Janet pose for pictures at the Warwick hotel in New York City.

February 18, 1975 : Michael accepts an award on behalf of Diana Ross at the American Music Awards and he also presents an award with Janet to Gladys Knight & The Pips.

March 16, 1975 : The Jackson 5 appear on the Cher TV show taped at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. They are introduced by Janet and they perform “I Am Love” + a skit called “The World Is a Mess” and finally Cher joins the group to perform a medley of “I Want You Back”/”I’ll Be There”/”Never Can Say Goodbye”/”The Love You Save”/”Dancing Machine”.

April 9+10+11+12+13+14+15+16+17+18, 1975 : The Jackson family goes back to MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas for a last series of shows.

June 16, 1975 : The Jackson 5 performs “Moving Violation”, “Forever Came Today” and “One Day in Your Life” on the Dinah Show and they are introduced by Janet (taped in Burbank).

June 30, 1975 : Joe Jackson calls a press conference at the Rainbow Grill in Manhattan with the whole family, except Jermaine, to announce that the Jackson 5 are leaving Motown for CBS Epic Records. Jermaine is officially replaced by Randy.

July 3, 1975 : Randy & Janet are on the cover of Jet Magazine.

August 8, 1975 : Dee Dee gives birth to Taryll Jackson.

August 16, 1975 : Marlon gets married to Carol Ann Parker.

1976

June 16 : CBS airs the first episode of The Jacksons Variety Show. The show based on their Las Vegas set features The Jacksons + The Jackson Sisters (Rebbie, LaToya & Janet).  Special guest star : Sonny Bono. Songs performed :”Forever Came Today”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, “More Than You Know”/”Am I Blue?”/”For Once in My Life”/ “Try a Little Tenderness”, “Steppin’ Out with My Baby”, “Dancing Machine”.

June 23 : CBS airs the 2nd episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Mackenzie Phillips. Songs performed : “(You Were Made) Especially For Me”,
“Do The Fonz”, “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll”/”Deep Purple”Convoy”, “Junkfood Junkie”, “Ben”, “Goin’ Back to Indiana”.

June 24 : The Jacksons are on the cover of Jet Magazine including Rebbie, LaToya & Janet.

June 30 : CBS airs the 3rd episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Ed McMahon. Songs performed :”Rockin’ Robin”, “Flat Foot Floogie”, “World of Sunshine”, “Save The Bones for Henry Jones”, “The Love You Save”.

July 7 : CBS airs the 4th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Joey Bishop. Songs performed :”ABC” “Fever”, “I Got You Babe”,”Down by the Old Mill Stream”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”.

November 5 : The Jacksons are on the cover of Rock & Soul Magazine including Rebbie, LaToya & Janet.

December 18 : Birth of Valencia Jackson, first child of Marlon & Valencia.

1977

January : Janet makes a photoshoot at Hayvenhurst.

January 19 : CBS airs the 5th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Redd Foxx. Songs performed : “Enjoy Yourself”, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”/”Puttin’ on the Ritz”, “Blues Away”, “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Means You’re Grand)”, “Keep on Dancing”.

January 26 : CBS airs the 6th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Carroll O’Connor. Songs performed : “Hum Along and Dance”,”Get Happy”/”I Got Rhythm”
“I Got You Babe”, “Coconut”,”I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart”/”Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”/”Caravan”/”Take the “A” Train”, “Show You the Way to Go”.

January 27 : Birth of Jermaine Jackson Jr (Jay) : First child of Jermaine & Hazel.

January 31 : The Jacksons perform “Good Times” at The American Music Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica and Janet presents an award as Mae West.

February 2 : CBS airs the 7th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars : Dom DeLuise/
George Miller/Muhammad Ali. Songs performed : “Moving Violation”,”On the Wall” “That’s the Way (I Like It)”, “Style of Life”, “Steppin’ Out”, “Hello, Dolly!”, “Life of the Party”.

February 9 : CBS airs the 8th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Betty White. Songs performed : “Get It Together”, “On The Wall”, “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy”, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”, “Dreamer”, “Opus No. 1”, “Just a Little Bit of You”.

February 16 : CBS airs the 9th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars : Georgia Engel/David Letterman. Songs performed : “Sugar Daddy”, “On The Wall”,”Cisco Kid”/”I Shot the Sheriff”,”One”, “Ben”, “I Am Love”.

February 23 : CBS airs the 10th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars :John Byner/Nicholas Brothers. Songs performed : “What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You”, “On the Wall”,”Midnight at the Oasis”,”Get Ready”,”Good Times” “I Can’t Quit Your Love”.

March 2 : CBS airs the 11th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Lynda Carter. Songs performed “Think Happy”, “On The Wall”, “On the Good Ship Lollipop”, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”,”Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, “Living Together”, “I’ll Be There”.

March 9 : CBS airs the 12th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars : Tim Conway/David Letterman. Songs performed : “Dancing Machine”, “On the Wall”
“Behind Closed Doors”, “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”, “I’m Going To Jackson”, “Flat Foot Floogie”,”World of Sunshine”,”Body Language.

March 10 : Michael and Janet attend the First Annual Rock and Roll Celebrity Sports Classic at the University of California in Irvine.

June 29 : Birth of Sigmund Esco Jackson Jr (Siggy) : First child of Jackie & Enid.

August : Michael goes to the famous club Studio 54 in New York with LaToya & Janet. He meets a lot of people like Liza Minelli, Stephanie Mills, Tatum O’Neil or Andy Warhol.

September 21 : Janet makes her acting debut on CBS’s hit sitcom “Good Times” as Penny Gordon Woods. She joins the cast at the start of season 5 and will appear in all 24 episodes of the season.

October 05 : Birth of Yashi Brown : Second child of Rebbie & Nathaniel.

November : Randy, Janet, Marlon, Tito, and Joe attend the Annual Television Parade of Stars in Los Angeles.

November 10 : Janet is on the cover of Jet Magazine with her TV mom Ja’net DuBois.

November 17 : Michael & Janet go shopping  at Barney’s clothing store in NYC.

1978

January 31 : Janet attends the Harlem Globetrotters basketball game at the Anaheim Convention in Anaheim with Katherine.

March 12 : Janet attends the Annual Rock N Roll Sports Classic at the University of California in Irvine.

June 16 : Birth of Autumn Jackson, second child of Jermaine & Hazel.

July 7 : LaToya & Janet make a photoshoot together.

July 16 : Dee Dee gives birth to Tito Jackson Jr (TJ).

August 3 : Janet poses with cast of ‘Good Times” in formal wedding attire.

August 17: Janet & The Jacksons make a publicity photo session at Jackie’s home.

September 16 :“Good Times” 6th season premiere on CBS. Janet plays Penny Gordon Woods on 22 of the 24 episodes of the season.

October 25: Janet attends the premiere & opening night party of  “The Wiz” at the Pitt’s Century Plaza Theater in Century City (Los Angeles) with Katherine, Joe, Michael & Latoya & Diana Ross among others.

November : At Hayvenhurst, Michael records song demos for his upcoming solo album including “Workin’ Day & Night” & “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” with Randy & Janet as percussionists!

1979

July 1 : Mayor Tom Bradley declares “Jackson Day” in Los Angeles in honour of the group achievements. Some 300 guests attend a party in the City National Bank Vault in Beverly Hills including Katherine, LaToya & Janet.

August 1 : Good Times ‘ last episode with Janet as Penny is aired on CBS.

December 15 : Janet joins the cast of “A New Kind Of Family” sitcom on ABC. She plays the character of Jojo Ashton for 3 episodes. The show is canceled shortly after.

1980

February 4 : Randy is seriously injured in a car crash in Hollywood, California. Katherine, Michael, Janet & LaToya visit him at the hospital. He almost looses a leg but after 6 months and 7 operations, he finally manages to walk again.

February 27 : Michael boycotts the Grammy Awards because Off The Wall was not nominated for best album of the year. He watches the ceremony at home with Katherine, Janet & LaToya. He wins his first Grammy but vows that his next album won’t be ignored…

June 24 : Latoya’s debut album titled “LaToya Jackson” is released by by Polydor. Janet is one of seven people credited with providing handclaps on LaToya’s track “If You Feel The Funk”. She also co-writes the song “Lovely Is She” with LaToya.

October 16 : Katherine, Randy & Janet attack Gina Sprague, Joe’s personal assistant at Joe Jackson Productions.

November : Janet joins the cast of  “Diff’rent Strokes” sitcom on NBC. She plays the character of Charlene DuPrey, Willy’s girlfriend.

December 31 : “Diff’rent Strokes” ‘s first episode with Janet tirled “first love” airs on NBC.

1981

May 8 : LaToya’s second album “My Special Love” is released by Polydor. Janet co-writes the song “Camp Kuchi Kaiai” with sister LaToya and sings background vocals”.

September 23 : Birth of Marlon Jackson Jr, third child of Marlon & Carol.

October 3 : Michael gives an interview to Randy Taraborrelli with Janet by his side.

October 29 : Janet plays Charlene on Season 4 of Diff’rent Strokes.

Next era : Janet Jackson years : 1982-1983

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