February 6 : Enid gives birth to Brandi Jackson.
April 16 : Janet, Randy and La Toya attend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 35th Birthday Party on at On the Rox, The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood.
April-August : Janet signs a record deal with A&M and records her first album in Los Angeles. She also records background vocals with LaToya for Michael’s song PYT featured on his album Thriller.
May 6 : During an episode of Diff’Rent Strokes titled “The Music Man” Janet sings “The Magic Is Working” a song she has just recorded for her debut album.
July 7 : Janet’s debut single “Young Love” is released by A&M. It will peak at #64 on Hot 100 Billboard. Janet does not shoot a video for this single.
August 2 : Janet makes a photo session in L.A.
August 18 : Katherine files for divorce for the second time but she withdraws her demand later on.
September-December : Michael pays an architect to raze and rebuild Hatvenhurst. During the reconstruction, he moves into a condo that he owns with Katherine, Janet & LaToya on 410 Lindley Avenue in Encino. Joes stays in the property to watch out for thieves.
September 21 : Janet’s debut album “Janet Jackson” is released by A&M. It will peak at #63 on Billboard 200.
October 25 : Janet appears on the cover of Jet magazine.
October 30 : In Los Angeles, Janet performs “Young Love” & “Come Give Your Love To Me” for the first time on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and reveals why she wears a key on her ear ring.
November 5 : Janet performs “Young Love” on Solid Gold.
December 18 : In Los Angeles, Janet performs “Say You Do” and “Young Love” on the Soul Train show.