Today In Michael Jackson History (December 30th)

2006 – Michael, along with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson & Raymone attends the public funeral of James Brown held at the James Brown arena in Augusta (Georgia) and makes a short speech.

Brown died of heart failure at an Atlanta hospital on Christmas Day at age 73. More than 8,500 fans and admirers of James Brown filled the James Brown Arena in the singer’s hometown of Augusta, GA, for a final joyful and sometimes tearful farewell to the soul legend.

A tearful Michael Jackson along with the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and comedian-activist Dick Gregory were among those who took turns at the podium to celebrate the life and legacy of the one and only-Godfather of Soul.

Michael Jackson said: “James Brown is my greatest inspiration. Ever since I was a small child, no more than like 6 years old, my mother would wake me, no matter what time it was, if I was sleeping, no matter what I was doing, to watch the television to see the master at work.”

The King of Pop continued: “And when I saw him move, I was mesmerized. I’ve never seen a performer perform like James Brown. And right then and there, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life because of James Brown. I love you … James Brown, I shall miss you and I love you so much. And thank you for everything. God bless you.”

The singer’s body was placed in a mausoleum on the property of his Beech Island, SC, home.

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1970 – The Jackson 5 perform a concert Jacksonville, Florida during the winter tour

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1992 – Michael perform 7th of 8 dates at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo during the Japanese leg of Dangerous tour attending 45,000 fans.

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1993 – Michael appears in public for the first time since returning home at the Treasure Island complex in Las Vegas with friends Steve Wynn and Michael Milken.

1996 – Michael goes to the Jerudong amusement park in Brunei.

2001 – It was announced that Michael will attend the “American Music Awards” next year, and be awarded with the “Artist of the Century Award”.

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2005 – Michael and his guests return to the Seef Mall (Bahrain) to see the new Harry Potter movie.

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2009 – the U.S. Library Of Congress selected Thriller as its first (and only) music video to be included into the elite collection of the National Film Registry.

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Source: Michael Jackson For All Time / MJJEternal / MJJCommunity / MJJTime / MJ-Upbeat.com

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