November 1991 - Jackson's 11-minute video for "Black or White" debuts during primetime on FOX, MTV and BET causing controversy.
February 1993 - In response to speculation about intentional bleaching, Jackson's dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, releases a statement saying that Jackson has a skin disease called vitiligo (vit-ill-EYE-go). Vitiligo causes a person to lose pigment in patches or all over the body, and affects 1 to 2% of the population.
August 1993 - A 13-year-old boy accuses Jackson of sexually molesting him repeatedly over a five-month period. The boy said that Jackson bathed with him, shared a bed with him, gave him gifts and trips, and fondled him.
1993 - Wins the Living Legend Award at the Grammys and the Humanitarian of the Year trophy at the Soul Train Awards.
September 22, 1994 - District Attorneys for Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties announce that they will not file criminal child molestation charges because the primary alleged victim decided not to testify.
1997 - The Jackson Five is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
March 19, 2001 - Jackson is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.
September 7 and 10, 2001 - Concert at Madison Square Garden, "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years", his first performance in the continental U.S. since 1989.
June 13, 2002 - Jackson is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
November 2002 - Jackson is caught on video dangling his baby over a fourth story balcony in Berlin in front of hundreds of fans.
November 20, 2003 - A source close to the family tells CNN that the accuser is a boy who at 12 years old participated in a documentary about Michael Jackson. Jackson is booked in Santa Barbara, California on charges of child molestation.
December 19, 2003 - Is formally charged with seven counts of child molestation.
June 16, 2004 - Jackson pays out approximately $25 million to settle civil suit by the 13-year-old boy who accused him of molesting him in 1993.
June 13, 2005 - Found not guilty.
March 16, 2006 - The state of California closes down Neverland Ranch and lays off most of the employees after learning about unpaid wages and lapsed workers' compensation insurance.
October 2006 - Settles with ex-wife Debbie Rowe, receiving full custody of kids in exchange for an undisclosed lump sum, reported to be in the millions.
November 15, 2006 - Michael Jackson receives the Diamond Award at the World Music Awards in London. He also performs live for the first time since being acquitted of child molestation.
March 2008 - Auction of Neverland Ranch scheduled for March 19, 2008, is averted. Financing is worked out with the Fortress Investment Group for Jackson to retain ownership of the property.
November 2008 - Jackson, pressured by his financial problems, gives up sole ownership of Neverland Ranch. The property is now owned by Sycamore Valley Ranch Co. LLC, of which Jackson is a part owner.
February 2, 2009 - Is sued by John Landis over royalty rights to new Thriller Broadway production.
March 5, 2009 - Files a lawsuit against an auction house that is scheduled to sell thousands of Jackson's personal items, including his trademark white glove, the gates to Neverland Ranch and numerous statues of children. The auction is scheduled for April 22-25 in Beverly Hills, California.
March 5, 2009 - Jackson announces "This Is It" concert tour.
June 25, 2009 - Jackson is rushed by ambulance to a Los Angeles hospital after going into cardiac arrest and is later pronounced dead.
August 3, 2009 - Jackson's mother Katherine is awarded permanent custody of the singer's three children by a judge.
August 28, 2009 - The Los Angeles County Coroner's office rules that Jackson's death was a homicide, caused by "acute propofol intoxication."