Born Michael Joseph Jackson on August 29, 1958, the King of Pop is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time. His music, dance, and even fashion sense made him an international figure in popular culture before he could reach puberty. With almost a billion records sold, over a dozen Grammys, and having been inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame twice, MJ is the epitome of a Black music icon.
On the heels of the success of his most celebrated album, “Thriller”, Michael won eight Grammys stemming from the legendary album on this date. The album, produced by Quincy Jones, broke all sales records to date, and remains one of the top grossing albums of all time.
more “Black Facts” on this date:
1704- one of the earliest recorded slave revolts occurred in Newton, Long Island, NY, where seven white people were killed, a Black woman was burned alive and one Native American and two Black men were hanged.
1916- Haiti became the first U.S. protectorate.
1930- the Ku Klux Klan marched through the streets of Oakville, Ontario to prevent a marriage between a white woman and a black man.
1940- author Richard Wright’s best known work, Native Son, was published on this date.
1951- In Topeka, Kansas, 13 black families filed a lawsuit against the local school board calling for a reversal of its policy of racial segregation. This case ultimately became the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education.