Today In Michael Jackson History (July 20th)

1984 Publicity of the Michael Jackson doll begins.

Thriller era saw the arrival of novelties like the Michael Jackson barbie doll: Thriller breaking all previous sales records & with the Victory tour playing to unprecedented crowds, a flood of MJ merchandise hit the market.

Back in July of 1984, four MJ dolls authorized by Michael were marketed by LJN Toys inc. The 12″ vinyl Michael Jackson Superstar Doll appeared in stores in at a price of $12. The poseable doll had a molded jherri curl & came in 4 different, supposedly “authentic stage outfits”, from the videos of “Beat It” and “Thriller”, and red jacket from the AMA and the 3-musketeer’s inspired purple & gold sequin jacket from Grammys.

The barbie sized dolls each came with a stand, a microphone, his famous glittering ‘Magic’ glove, glitter socks, and a tiny pair of mirror sunglasses.


1971 – The Jackson 5ive began a U.S. tour at the Coliseum in Charlotte, NC.

1973 The Jackson 5ive Concert in Pittsburg ( Pennsylvania )

1974 Jackson 5ive Concert in Trenton ( New Jersey )


1988 – Micheal visits sick children again at the Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Michael was presented with a Sword to commemorate the Bad Tour at the Guildhall party.

In the evening, a banquet is held to commemorate the imminent Bad shows at Wembley Stadium. King of Pop became the first ever commoner to enter the London’s historic Guildhall’s Royal Entrance, a unique privilege that required the Queen’s personal approval.


Michael Jackson visited Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa. He also announced that he was working on a film about Mandela.


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  1. VUKOVICH July 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM - Reply

    Michael Jackson is truly the king. Anytime i listen his songs i feel like he is still alive. Certainly one of the biggest music superstars ever!

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