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Factbox: Key events in year since Michael Jackson death

This Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the sudden death of Michael Jackson in Los Angeles at the age of 50.
/ Source: Reuters

This Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the sudden death of Michael Jackson in Los Angeles at the age of 50.

Following are some of the main developments since Jackson's death on June 25, 2009.

* June 25 - Ambulance called to Jackson's rented Los Angeles house where singer reported to be in full cardiac arrest. Pronounced dead at a Los Angeles hospital.

* June 26 - First autopsy fails to determine cause of death, police search home, speculation focuses on strain of rehearsing for comeback concerts scheduled to start July 13. Album sales soar.

* July 1- 2002 will signed by Jackson cuts out father Joe, ex-wife Debbie Rowe, and puts the estate, which in an attachment was valued at more than $500 million, in trust for Jackson's children, his mother and charities. Names mother Katherine as guardian for children, names two executors.

* July 2 - Custody battle over kids surfaces between Debbie Rowe and Katherine Jackson. First video of rehearsal footage released showing thin but lively Jackson.

* July 5 - Reports multiply of prescription drug use by Jackson and of powerful anesthetic propofol taken from house. Jackson's personal physician Dr Conrad Murray questioned but not considered suspect.

* July 7 - Michael Jackson memorial in Los Angeles televised around world, watched by 31 million U.S. viewers. Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Usher among performers. Jackson's three children make rare, unveiled, public appearance.

* July 22 - Police raid Houston offices of Dr. Conrad Murray. Raids in Los Angeles and Las Vegas follow in later weeks.

* Aug 3 - Judge awards custody of Prince Michael, Paris and Prince Michael II (Blanket) to Jackson's mother; Debbie Rowe gets visitation rights.

* Aug 10 - Judge okays "This Is It" rehearsal movie deal.

* Aug 28 - Coroners rule Jackson death a homicide. Say cocktail of painkillers, sedatives found in body and that propofol was main cause of death. Dr. Murray now main focus of investigations.

* September 3 - Jackson buried in mock Renaissance mausoleum near Los Angeles in private ceremony, attended by Elizabeth Taylor, Lisa-Marie Presley, and 200 other guests and family.

* Sept 11 - Tribute concert planned by Jermaine Jackson in Vienna canceled as stars fail to clear schedule; rescheduled for London in summer 2010 but scrapped in December 2009 as organizers go bust.

* Oct 12 - First posthumous "new" single "This is It" released, but quickly revealed as 18-year-old song written by Paul Anka.

* Oct 28 - "This is It" movie, which looks at Jackson rehearsing for a series of comeback concerts in London, opens around the world. Goes on to take $260 million at worldwide box office as most successful concert movie ever.

* Nov 10 - LA judge officially names attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain as executors of Jackson estate, giving them control over the estate's affairs despite objections of father Joe Jackson.

* Nov 22 - Jackson wins four posthumous American Music Awards but is beaten for the coveted artist of the year award by country singer Taylor Swift, who wins five.

* Dec 1 - Jackson death lands atop of 2009 Yahoo searches.

* Feb 2 - More than 70 stars, ranging from Miley Cyrus to Barbra Streisand, record new version of "We are the World" (co-written by Jackson in 1985) for Haiti earthquake relief.

* Feb 8 - Dr. Murray charged with involuntary manslaughter, pleads not guilty, freed on $75,000 bail ahead of trial. Could face four years in prison if convicted.

* Feb 8 - Full autopsy released, confirming Jackson suffered from skin pigmentation condition vitiligo, wore a wig, weighed 136 pounds, and was covered with small scars on his nose, knee, shoulder, neck, wrists and behind both ears.

* March 16 - Jackson estate and Sony Music Entertainment announce $250 million deal to release 10 albums of new and reissued Jackson material through 2017. First album of new music expected November 2010.

* April 20 - Jackson estate and Cirque du Soleil announce plans for Las Vegas touring and permanent shows and Jackson-themed nightclub starting late 2012.

* June 14 - LA judge rules that Dr Murray can keep his California medical license, and sets August 23 preliminary hearing date.