Dee Dee finds out Tito is cheating on her. She files for divorce and custody of Taj, Taryll & TJ (3T).
January : Michael is presented with the MTV’s Video Vanguard Artist Of The Decade.
Michael visits Disneyworld in Florida.
Michael’s recording team moves from Westlake to Record One studio in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. DECADE 1979-1989 project becomes DECADE 1980-1990. Bryan Loren joins the project.
January 6 : Michael invites 82 abused children to Neverland.
January 26 : Michael is at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the unveiling of a painting of himself titled The Book made by Australian artist Brett Livingstone Strong.
January 27 : Michael attends the American Cinema Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. he receives the Entertainer Of The Decade Award.from his guest Sophia Loren.
February 3 : Michael receives a Role Model Award from Japon which he accepts via satellite.
February 4 : ABC airs the Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr’s 60th year in Show Business.
February 20 : Michael attends a sit-down breakfast at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel organised by CBS Records to celebrate Michael as the Top Selling Artist Of the 8O’s.March 2O: Adrian Grant (the editor of fanzine Off The Wall) presents Michael with a painting at a recording studio in Los Angeles where Michael is working on new songs.
March : Wade Robson and his family visit Michael at the “Record One” Recording studios in L.A. Michael invites the whole family to his ranch for the weekend.The following weekend, the family again stays at Neverland. Afterwards, Michael takes Wade and his mother to Las Vegas and they visited Siegfried and Roy.
March 26 : Adrian Grant visits Michael at his Neverland ranch.
April 4 : Michael visits the Capital Children’s Museum in Washington DC with Ann Levin.
April 5 : Michael meets with President Bush at the White House Rose Garden ceremony to be honoured as Entertainer Of The Decade by the Capital Children’s Museum. Later, Michael attends a fund-raising dinner in his honour at the historic Merrywood Estate in McLean.
April 7 : Michael arrives as one of the first guests at the Taj Mahal Casino of his friend Donald Trump.
April 8 : Micheal is informed of tragic death of his close friend Ryan White While at the Taj Mahal Casino. He leaves immediately with Donald Trump to travel to Ryan’s home in Indiana.
April 11 : Michael attends Ryan White’s funeral service in Indiana along with 1500 persons including Barbara Bush, Elton John, Donald Trump & Ryan’s mother Jeanne.
April 25 : Martha Upshaw, Katherine’s mother dies. The whole family attends her funeral except LaToya who is abroad with Jack Gordon.
May : Fan force Michael to retreat while visting F.A.O Schwartz Toy Store with two young girls.
John Brown, a 14-year-old cancer sufferer is invited to Neverland to meet his idol in person.
May 8 : Michael is presented with the first ever BMI Michael Jackson Award at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Katherine, Joe & Jackie attend the ceremony.
May 16 : Sammy Davis Jr, a long time friend of Michael dies of throat cancer. Michael is named as an honorary pallbearer along with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Bill Cosby.
June 3 : Michael collapses while dancing at the Hideout. He is taken to St John Hospital of Los Angeles where he is treated for chest pains. He gets visits from the whole Jackson family (except LaToya) + Elizabeth Taylor who is treated in the same hospital.
June 8 : Michael leaves the hospital and goes resting in Neverland.
June 17 : Eliza gives birth to Steveanna Jackson but she files for divorce from Randy soon after.
July : Michael attends the wedding of Berry Gordy to Grace Eaton in Santa Barbara.
The first publicity pictures of Michael ‘LA Gear campaign begin to circulate in magazines as well as the first TV commercial showing Michael dancing in the street with his niece Brandi.
July 21 : Michael welcoms children from the Dream Street Foundation and young people from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to his Neverland ranch. Forty-five children from all over the United States as well as England and Russia came to spend the day at Neverland and Michael was there with them. Michael indicated that he supported the Dream Street Foundation because he “values being a child and being able to have fun.”
August : Saga/Genesis releases the video game of “Moonwaker”.
Michael hires Sandy Gallin & Jim Morey as new personal Managers.
August 18 : Michael invites 130 children from the YMCA’s Summer Programme to Neverland.
September : Michael is featured in a Quincy Jones documentary named Listen Up!
Teddy Riley joins the DECADE 1980-1990 project at the Larrabee Studio in North Hollywood,
September 12 : Michael attends the City Of Hope Gala in honour of CBS Record Division President, Tommy Mottola.
September 14 : Disney’s chairman, Michael Eisner presents Michael with the first ever Michael Jackson Good Scout Humanitarian Award at the Century Plaza Towers in LA.
October : Katherine Jackson publishes her memoirs titles “My Family : The Jacksons” and gives an interview to Ebony magazine to promote it (Michael, Janet & LaToya appear on the cover of the magazine).
December : Michael has recorded so many new songs that the DECADE compilation is canceled and a whole new album named “Dangerous” is planned for 1991.