In order to avoid a new scandal, Michael decides to settle secretly a new lawsuit by Blanca Francia who claimed Michael touched her son Jason. She accepts to withdraw her complaint against 2 millions dollars…
January 20-24 : Michael & Lisa Marie welcome King Nana Amon Ndoufou in
February 6 : Michael & Lisa Marie visit lawyer Johnnie Cochran at his new office in
February 23 : Michael previews several new songs from his new album at the NARM convention where he is presented with an Humanitarian Award.
March 2 : Michael attends little Craig Fleming’s funeral.
March 28 : Michael hosts a party at Neverland to celebrate the end of the recoding of his new album titled History.
April : Alejandra gets pregnant with Jermaine’s baby! They secretly marry causing Randy to leave Hayvenhurst! They also start raising a baby boy named Dante that Joe brought from
April 18-20 : Michael & Lisa Marie welcome 46 youth from 17 countrries at Neverland for the World Children Congress.
May : Michael is on the cover of VIBE magazine with exclusive pictures taken with
May 15-20 : Michael & Janet shoot the video for Scream, directed by Mark Romanek.
May 19 : Scream, The first single from the album History is officially launched on radios worldwide.
May 25 : Michael, Lisa Marie & her daughter Danielle go to the
May 29 : Scream is released worldwide.
Early June : Michael shoots the video for Childhood directed by Nicholas Brandt in
The History teaser begins airing in US theatres and on TV around the world.
June 14 : Michael & Lisa Marie give an interview to ABC’s Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer. The Scream video is premiered. A new controversy arises about some lyrics to the song They Don’t Care About Us that would be anti-Semitic which Michael categorically denies.
June 15 : The History album is released worldwide. Huge statues of Michael are held in some European cities.
Both Life & Hello carry the same pictures of Michael & Lisa kissing ( taken by Harry Benson )
June 16 : Michael is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
June 22 : Michael appears at the VH1 Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in
July 10 : Michael & Lisa Marie attends the opening of the Magic Johnson Sony Theatre in
July 25 : Michael attends a press conference in
July 26 : ABC airs a special feature called Michael Jackson Changes History during which Michael gives an interview to Bill Bellamy and premieres the video for You Are Not Alone.
July 31-August 6 : After an argument with Lisa Marie, Michael flies to Disneyland Paris to take a break.
August 15 : You Are Not Alone is released as a single and directly reaches number 1 on the Billboard.
August 17 : Michael chats with his fans on the Internet.
He shoots the video for Earth Song directed by Nicholas Brandt.
September 7 : Michael attends the MTV Video Music Awards in
September 23 : Michael performs You Are Not Alone at the BET 15th Anniversary Special in
October 31 : Michael performs Dangerous & You Are Not Alone at the Soul Train 25TH Anniversary Special.
Early November : The single & video of Earth Song are released in
November 4 : Michael is in
Mid November : Michael & Sony merge their song catalogues. The new joint publishing venture is estimated at $600 millions!
December 4 : Michael is rehearsing the HBO concert at the Beacon Theatre with French artist Mime Marceau and they welcome the media.
December 6 : Michael collapses while rehearsing the concert and he is rushed to the
Lisa Marie also visits him and she asks a divorce! Michael decides to postpone the concert.
December 18 : Michael goes resting at Disneyland Paris taking with him the Cascio kids (Frank, Eddie, Dominic Jr, Aldo & Marie Nicole)