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Jackson’s 5Top groundbreaking moments

There’s no doubt that Michael Jackson had an amazingly successful career filled with bright spots. Here are some of the groundbreaking moments that stand out among the rest.
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‘Motown 25’ performance

Michael Jackson Performing
Michael Jackson performs the moonwalk for the first time on television on Motown 25; a tribute to Barry GordyBettmann

When “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever,” a televised special celebrating Motown Records’ 25th anniversary, aired in 1983, viewers had no expectation of the pivotal pop-culture moment in store for them. The broadcast drew millions eager to see performances by Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, as well as the highly anticipated reunions of label legends The Supremes, The Miracles and the Jackson 5. But in the end, it was Michael Jackson’s solo spot that stole the show. It was the night the future “King of Pop,” sporting a single white glove, first lip-synched to the soon-to-be megahit “Billie Jean” and debuted his jaw-dropping moonwalk moves.

Image: Michael Jackson's \"Thriller\"
Michael Jackson in a Butterfly Collar Shirt
May 1971 --- Michael Jackson in a Butterfly Collar Shirt --- Image by © Henry Diltz/CORBISHenry Diltz
Obit Michael Jackson
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 1993 file picture, Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, Calif. Jackson has died in Los Angeles at age 50 on Thursday, June 25, 2009.Rusty Kennedy / AP
Image: Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch home
** FILE ** The entrance to pop star Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch home is seen in this Dec. 17, 2004 photo, in Santa Ynez, Calif. Jackson could be at risk of losing his ranch because of delinquent payments on a $23 million loan, according to a notice of default posted on a television station's Web site. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Mark J. Terrill / AP