Michael Jackson Remembered On 55th Birthday: 17 Favorite Photos

Michael Jackson, who at 13 in this photo and a member of the Jackson Five, holds cards and letters sent by fans, while sitting in a room in his family’s home in Encino, California in 1972. (AP Photo)

Whitney Houston talks with an unidentified man (at left rear) as Michael Jackson receives an honorary degree from Fisk University in June 1980. The degree was presented by the college’s president, Dr. Henry Ponder. (AP Photo)

Michael Jackson is seen backstage at the 26th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 1984. He won eight awards. (AP Photo / Reed Saxon)

Michael Jackson poses with Disney characters Snow White and Dopey at his family’s home in Encino, California on April 27, 1984. They presented Jackson with a one-of-a-kind display featuring the characters in a scene representative of the 1937 classic film. (AP Photo / Wally Fong)

Michael Jackson performs a U.S. concert on July 1, 1984 during his Victory tour. (AP Photo)

Michael Jackson leans, points and sings, dances and struts during the opening performance of his 13-city U.S. tour in Kansas City, Missouri on Feb. 24, 1988. (AP Photo / Cliff Schiappa)

Michael Jackson performs at New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 3, 1988. ( AP Photo / Ron Frehm)

Michael Jackson performs during an open-air concert in West Berlin during the Cold War era on June 19, 1988. Germany’s Bild newspaper is reporting that the concert prompted security concerns for East Germany’s secret police. The top-selling newspaper published a message from the files of the former Stasi on July 30, 2009. It said East German officials thought the Jackson concert in front of the Reichstag could be used to test the authorities east of the Berlin Wall. (AP Photo / Elke Bruhn-Hoffmann)

Michael Jackson holds his four awards at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles on April 12, 1989. (AP Photo / Douglas C. Pizac)

Michael Jackson visits his old Los Angeles school, Gardner Street Elementary School, and flashes the victory sign on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1989. The newly refurbished auditorium was dedicated to Jackson. He told the crowd: ‘This is the happiest day of my life.’ (AP Photo / Nick Ut)

Michael Jackson fakes a pass to Bo Jackson of the Los Angeles Raiders NFL team and Kansas City Royals MLB team at Michael’s recording studio in Los Angeles on Nov. 28, 1989. Bo stopped by for a visit and gave Michael an autographed football and a baseball. (AP Photo / Kevork Djansezian)

Madonna and Michael Jackson go out to dinner together at a restaurant in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, April 10, 1991. (AP Photo / Kevork Djansezian)

Michael Jackson stands with members of a children’s choir during ceremonies at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1992 to mark the shipment of 93,700 pounds of relief supplies destined for strife-torn Sarajevo. The shipment was joint effort of AmeriCares and Jackson?s Heal the World Foundation. (AP Photo / Michael Albans)

Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, California on Feb. 1, 1993.

Michael Jackson performs at National Stadium, Singapore on Sunday, August 29, 1993 during his Dangerous tour. (AP Photo / C.F. Tham)

Michael Jackson performs in Tel Aviv, Israel in front of about 60,000 fans on Sept. 19, 1993. (AP Photo / Jerome Delay)

Elizabeth Taylor arrives with her friend Michael Jackson at the Pantages Theater in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles on Feb. 16, 1997, prior to the start of a 65th birthday celebration for the actress. (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello)

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