Today In Michael Jackson History (July 17th)

1980 – Michael films a special at Disneyland for Disney’s 25th anniversary. Disneyland celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary with a 25 hour party starting at midnight and ending at 1 AM on the 20th.

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1982 – Michael attends a gala in honor of Quincy Jones at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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1985 – The charity single We Are The World by the super group USA for Africa, quickly became an anthem for the 80s, and along with the Band-Aid single, inspired a wave of musical charity events, from Live Aid on July 17, 1985 (which, ironically, Michael did not participate in, due to being tied up in filming Captain EO) to Hands Across America on May 25, 1986. The music-charity movement grew to become far greater than the sum of its parts, but Michael’s crucial contribution guaranteed him a special place in a mass movement that came to define the 1980s pop culture almost as much as Thriller had two years earlier.

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1990 – Michael attends the wedding of Grace Eaton to Berry Gordy in Santa Barbara. Among the other wedding guests were Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross.

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1993 – Michael Jackson’s single “Will You Be There” hit #9 in the U.K.

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1997 – Michael Jackson’s “Blood On The Dance Floor: History in the Mix” was certified gold by the RIAA.

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