Michael’s timeline : 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 last final concert of the Bad World Tour at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles . Among the celebrities & friends 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 & Jimmy Safechuck.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 15 : Moonwalker is broadcast on the US cable channel ‘Showtime’.

April 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. It’s the last song ever that Michael recorded with The Jacksons.

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 23 : “2300 Jackson Street”, the last album by The Jacksons is released by Epic. Michael only participates to the title song. It’s the last album ever recorded and released by The Jacksons 20 years after their first album on Motown.

June : Michael goes back to Westlake studio with Matt Forger and Bill Bottrell. He meets Brad Buxer who will work with him until 2008. Together they work on new songs for a compilation named DECADE 1979-1989. Quincy Jones is not part of this project. Black Or White and Heal The World are among the first songs worked on.

June 13 : Michael gives a second sitting to sculptor David Goode in Los Angeles for the latest Madame Tussaud’s wax figure.

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 but keeps on seeing his longtime girlfriend Alejandra.

September 5 : After on of her performances concert at Bally’s Reno in Nevada. Jack Gordon takes LaToya to a chapel for a surprise wedding!

September 13 : Michael attends a press conference to announce a new endorsement deal with L.A Gear under the special marketing campaign Unstoppable.

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 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 19 : Michael gives a deposition in the copyright infringement lawsuit regarding The Girl Is Mine, Thriller and We Are The World.

November 13 : Michael sings “You Were There” during the taping of the Sammy Davis Jr 60th Anniversary TV Special at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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.

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

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 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 boy suffering from 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 80’s”.

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