Today in Michael Jackson History February 18th
1979 The Jacksons perform the 2nd of two nights of their Destiny World Tour in Manchester, UK.
1981 "Can You Feel It" enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No 6 during a fifteen week run.
1984 "Thriller" enters the Top 10 in its second week on the charts the first single to achieve this feat since John Lennon's Imagine hit the Top Ten in its second week in 1971. It is also the highest debuting single since Lennon's Imagine. Thriller is also the fifth Top Five single from the album of the same name, making Michael the first artist in music history to achieve seven Top 10 singles from one album.
1986 Fourteen year old heart transplant patient, Donna Ashlock from Patterson in California, receives a call from MJ after he learns she is a devoted fan. Michael wishes her well and invites her to visit him at the Encino family home once she is feeling better. The visit took place on March 8 and Donna stayed for lunch, played with Bubbles and watched a movie with Michael at the Encino home.
1988 The Last day of rehearsals for the BAD tour's second leg at the Pensacola Civic Center in Florida.
1989 'Leave Me Alone' enters the Top 100 singles chart in Britain peaking at number 2 and remains on the charts for nine weeks. The 7" single is also issued as a limited edition pop-up sleeve.
1989 "Moonwalker" replaced "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" at #1 on the Billboard Video Sales chart.
1996 Michael arrives in London from Rio with the Cascio children after he finishing shooting his Short Film of "They Don’t Care About Us" directed by Spike Lee.
2002 At the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Skaters Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz of Canada come in fourth place in the competition, skating to a medly of Michael's Jackson songs. They began their routine with 'Billie Jean', followed by 'In The Closet', 'Smile', ending with 'Don't Stop Till You Get Enough'.
2003 Santa Barbara Police /Family services dept. opens an investigation on Michael Jackson based on a letter from Gloria Allred & Carol Lieberman. This is over Michael's own children brought on by Allred because of the Bashir documentary and Michael holding Blanket out the window, to show his fans. When Michael was asked on the street by a reporter what he thought of Gloria Allred's actions in filing the report, He stated: "Ah tell her to go to hell" Showing he was angry over her meddling. Family services went to Michael's home to interview and see living conditions for the children. Katherine Jackson stated she was present when they came to the home and was very upset MJ's parenting would be questioned. They found nothing wrong and close the case.
PICTURE OF THE DAY
Michael Jackson on the set of "Leave Me Alone" short film
SONG OF THE DAY
'Leave Me Alone' Michael Jackson short film
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Moonwalker Movie Trailer Trailer 1989
Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz skating to medley of MJ songs 2002
Michael Jackson's message for Gloria Allred 2003
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I've been in the entertainment industry since I was six-years-old ...
As Charles Dickens says, 'It's seen the best of times, the worst of
times.' But I would not change my career ... While some have made
deliberate attempts to hurt me, I take it in stride because I have a
loving family, a strong faith and wonderful friends and fans who have,
and continue, to support me." (2007)
~ Michael Jackson
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