Michael’s timeline : 1995

In order to avoid a new controversy, Michael decides to settle secretly a new lawsuit by Blanca Francia who claimed Michael touched her son Jason back in 1990. She accepts to withdraw her complaint against 2 millions dollars

January 20 : Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie welcome King Nana Amon Ndufu IV, ruler of Sanwi, on the Ivory Coast, at Los Angeles airport on a 4 day visit.

February 6 : Michael & Lisa Marie visit lawyer Johnnie Cochran at his new office in L.A.

February 23 : Michael previews several new songs from his new album at the 37th annual NARM convention where he is presented with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award.

March 2 : Michael attends little Craig Fleming’s funeral.

March 18 : Alejandra and Jermaine get married in a secret ceremony at the Hotel Bel Air causing Randy to leave Hayvenhurst!

Some time after, Joe brings a baby boy from Las Vegas to Hayvenhurst. Donte Williams, born on June 13, 1992 is adopted by Joe & Katherine but raised by Jermaine & Alejandra.

March 28 : Michael hosts a party at Neverland to celebrate the end of the recoding of his new album titled History.

April 10 : Michael and Lisa Marie visit Tower Records in Sherman Oaks, California.

April 18 : Michael and Lisa Marie host the World Congress of Children seminar, where they paid for 46 young ambassadors across 18 countries to fly to Neverland to attend the three day seminar to discuss drug abuse, homelessness, increasing violence, AIDS, and child abuse. The children presented issues with their perspective countries and worked with the Heal the World foundation on solutions, to be presented to the “World Summit of Children” as part of the United Nations golden jubilee in June. There, the children presented their findings to the Secretary of the United Nations Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Reverend Jessie Jackson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and several United Nations Ambassadors.

April 20 :Michael attends a meeting in L.A with the top execitives from Epic/Sony to prepare the marketing plan of “History”.

May : Michael is on the cover of VIBE magazine with exclusive pictures taken at Neverland with Quincy Jones & his daughter Kidada.

May 15-20 : Michael & Janet shoot the “Scream” short film, directed by Mark Romanek.

May 19 : “Scream”, The first single from the album History is officially launched on radios worldwide.

May 22 : MTV and VIH premiere the HIStory teaser. Later the teaser is rolled out to cinemas across the U.S.

May 25 : Michael, Lisa Marie & her daughter Danielle go to the Six Flags Amusement Park in Los Angeles.

USA Today aired MJ photos trying the new game console,the PlayStation. Geoff Keighley  (Canadian journalist) recalled the event : MJ showed up at the first PlayStation E3 party in 1995 as a surprise guest of Mickey Schulhof, the then-CEO of Sony.

May 31 : “Scream”/”Childhood” is released worldwide. It peaks at #5 on Hot 100 Billboard.

Early June : Michael shoots the “Childhood” short film directed by Nicholas Brandt in Los Angeles .

June 13 : The “Scream” short film is premiered on MTV & BET.

June 14 : Michael & Lisa Marie give an interview to ABC’s Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer. A new controversy arises about some lyrics to the song They Don’t Care About Us that would be anti-Semitic which Michael categorically denies.

June 16 : The “History” album is released in Europe.

Huge statues of Michael are held in some European cities.

Both Life & Hello carry the same pictures of Michael & Lisa kissing (taken by Harry Benson)

Michael is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

June 20 : The “History” album is released in US.

June 22 : Michael appears at the VH1 Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to perform “We Are The World” with Boys 2 Men and he also receives an award from Morgan Freeman for his charity efforts.

July 10 : Michael & Lisa Marie attend the opening of the Magic Johnson Sony Theatre in Los Angeles .

July 12 : Michael & Lisa Marie shoot the video for “You Are Not Alone” and they also appear on the cover of Jet magazine.

July 25 : Michael attends a press conference in New York City to announce the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards nominations + a special HBO concert planned at the Beacon Theatre on December 10.

July 26 : ABC airs a special feature called “Michael Jackson Changes History” during which Michael gives an interview to Bill Bellamy and premieres the video for “You Are Not Alone”.

July 31-August 6 : After an argument with Lisa Marie, Michael flies to Disneyland Paris to take a break.

August : Michael shoots the video for Earth Song directed by Nicholas Brandt. The video Is filmed in four geographic regions (Americas, Europe and Africa). The first location was the Amazon Rainforest, where a large part was destroyed a week after the video’s completion. Natives of the region appeared in the video and were not actors. The second scene was a war zone in Karlovac, Croatia, with famous Serbian actor Slobodan Dimitrijević and the residents of the area. The third location was Tanzania, which incorporated scenes of illegal poaching and hunting into the video. No animals were harmed in the making of the “Earth Song”, as the footage came from documentary archives. The final location was in Warwick, New York, where a safe forest fire was simulated in a corn field.

August 15 :“You Are Not Alone” is released as the 2nd single from “History”. Commercially, “You Are Not Alone” remains one of Michael”s best selling singles and it is also his 13th number one song. It holds the Guinness World Record for the first song ever to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

August 17 : Michael chats with his fans on the Internet.

September 7 : Michael & Janet attend the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City with Lisa Marie & Rene . MJ opens the ceremony with a 20 minutes long medley (including “Dangerous” & “You Are Not Alone”) and accepts an award with Janet for Scream.

September 23 : Michael performs “You Are Not Alone” at the BET 15th Anniversary Special in Washington D.C. 

October 31 : Michael performs Dangerous & You Are Not Alone at the Soul Train 25th Anniversary Special taped at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena.

November 1 : Michael presents a gold sword to Ghana’s President Jerry Rawlings on behalf of Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal in Beverly Hills. The sword represented the act of cutting through divisions that divide people.

November 3 : Michael arrives at Cologne’s Airport in Germany.

November 4 : Michael goes to Rhein-Ruhr-Halle, the ZDF studio in Duisburg where he performs “Dangerous” and “Earth Song” on Wetten, dass..? TV show. Backstage, he meets Laurent Hopman and Anton Schleiter, of son of Hamburg-based Sony music exec Wolfgang Schleiter. Michael soon becomes friend with the Schleiter family. They will remain close until his death in 2009.

Michael is presented with a Golden Otto Awards.

November 5 : Michael invites 150 fans to Phantasialand in Cologne. 

November 7 : Michael is spotted at Heathrow Airport in London, UK.

Mid November : Michael & Sony merge their song catalogues. The new joint publishing venture is estimated at $600 millions!  

November 15 : LaToya is a guest on Geraldo with a blonde wig. Once again she accuses Michael.

November 22 : Michael’s performance of “Dangerous” on Soul Train’s 25th Anniversary special airs on TV.

November 27 : The single & video of Earth Song are released in Europe. In the United Kingdom, “Earth Song” debuts at number one on the UK Singles Chart, where it remains for six weeks throughout December 1995 — beating the U2/Brian Eno project Passengers to win the Christmas number one spot — and into early 1996. 

December : During an interview with Inside Edition, LaToya once again accuses Michael.

December 4 : Michael is rehearsing the HBO concert at the Beacon Theatre with French artist Mime Marceau and they welcome the media. 

December 6 : Michael collapses while rehearsing the concert and he is rushed to the Beth Israel Medical Center . He is suffering from gastro-enteritis, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.

Janet cancels her appearance at the Billboard Awards after hearing that Michael had a stroke. She visits him at the hospital. Lisa Marie also visits him and she asks a divorce! Michael decides to postpone the concert.

December 18 : Michael goes resting at Disneyland Paris with the Cascio kids (Frank, Eddie, Dominic Jr, Aldo & Marie Nicole). 

December 24/25 : Michael celebrates Christmas at Neverland with the Cascios.

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