It was on this day, June 25, 2009, American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman, Michael Jackson died while in his bed at his rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles.
Often referred to as the King of Pop, or by his initials MJ, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records.
Born the seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971
His contribution to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
After his death, Jackson became the best-selling albums artist of 2009. In the United States selling over 8.2 million albums and a total of 35 million albums worldwide in the 12 months that followed his death.
Jackson became the first artist to sell one million downloads in a week in download history, with a record-breaking 2.6 million downloads of his songs. After his death three of his albums sold more than any new album which was the first time a catalog album has ever scanned more sales than any new album.
Also on this day, Johnny Mercer (1976 ) and Farrah Fawcett (2009) died.
1903 – Anne Revere (Academy Award winner : National Velvet; A Place in the Sun, Gentlemen’s Agreement, Forever Amber, The Song of Bernadette, The Howards of Virginia; died Dec 18, 1990)
1906 – Roger Livesey (actor: Of Human Bondage, The Entertainer; died Feb 4, 1976)
1915 – Peter Lind Hayes (Joseph Conrad Lind) (actor: The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Zis Boom Bah!, Peter Loves Mary [w/wife, Mary Healy]; died Apr 21, 1998)
1924 – Sidney Lumet (director: Twelve Angry Men, Serpico, Deathtrap, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Pawnbroker, Family Business, Playhouse 90, Gloria; died Apr 9, 2011)
1925 – June Lockhart (actress: Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction, Deadly Games, The Big Picture, The Yearling, Meet Me in St. Louis)
1945 – Carly Simon (Grammy Award-winning [Best New Artist, 1971] singer: Anticipation, You’re So Vain, Mockingbird [w/husband James Taylor], Nobody Does It Better, You Belong to Me, Coming Around Again; Academy Award-winning song: Let the River Run ; author of children’s books)
1947 – Jimmie Walker (actor, comedian: Good Times, B.A.D. Cats, Airplane!, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York)
1975 – Linda Cardellini (actress: Good Burger, Scooby-Doo, La La Wood, Legally Blonde, Dying to Live, Dead Man on Campus)