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Michael Jackson, the late, great King of Pop, would have been 55 today.

The dominant entertainer of his generation, if not history, it's no surprise that his music and legacy continue to inspire passion among fans young and old.

The commemoration of MJ's birthday has, for the fifth consecutive year, sparked tributes to the icon from Gary, Ind., who passed away in June 2009.

He is remembered for dozens of hit songs that changed music forever, inspiring countless other artists and breaking every record in the business.

Michael was also known for personal eccentricities, a life constantly plagued by scandal and speculation, and for being charitable (see above).

Most of all, he would like to be remembered for raising three wonderful children. Prince, Blanket and especially Paris have felt his loss so deeply.

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The late, great Michael Jackson would have been 54 today.

As the dominant entertainer of his generation, if not world history, it's no surprise that his music and legacy continue to spark passion among fans young and old.

The commemoration of Jackson's August 29 birthday has, for the fourth consecutive year, sparked tributes to the music icon from Gary, Ind., who died in June 2009.

Vintage Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson (1958-2009).

Chances are, you know most if not all there is to know about MJ - from his dozens of hit songs and personal eccentricities to the feuding among his siblings.

But it's still sad he's gone, especially today. One hopes he'll be remembered more than anything for his talent and his three wonderful, well-raised children.

Prince, Paris and Blanket would make him so proud.

Michael shares his birthday with Courtney Stodden and Lea Michele. Happy birthday to those ladies as well. Now, here is a little photo tribute to MJ ...

  • Michael in Concert
  • This Is It
  • Michael Joseph Jackson Picture
  • Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover (III)
  • Michael Jackson, Children
  • An MJ Pic
  • Michael Jackson Trial Pic
  • Michael Cover
  • This Was It
  • This Is It Movie Poster
  • The Moonwalk
  • Off the Wall

by Free Britney at . Comments

The late Michael Jackson would have been 53 today.

As the greatest entertainer of his era, one can see why his music and legacy continue to spark so much passion among generations of fans young and old.

The commemoration of his August 29 birthday has, for the third straight year, sparked tributes to the music icon from Gary, Ind., who died in June 2009.

Vintage Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson (1958-2009).

Chances are, you know most if not all there is to know about MJ - from his unmatched catalog to his personal eccentricities to the charges facing Dr. Conrad Murray.

But it's still sad he's gone, especially today. One can only hope he'll be remembered more than anything for his talent and his three wonderful, well-raised children.

Happy birthday to others turning another year older today, such as Glee's Lea Michele. Now, here is a little photo tribute to Michael Jackson ...

  • Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover (III)
  • Michael Jackson, Children
  • An MJ Pic

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The late Michael Jackson would have been 52 today.

The commemoration of his birthday has sparked tributes to the music icon, who died in June 2009, from around the world to his hometown of Gary, Ind.

Members of the Jackson family were on hand in their former home, including Michael's father, Joe Jackson, for the four-day festival in the singer's honor.

Michael Jackson (1958-2009).

Chances are, you already know all there is to know about him - from his music legacy to his personal eccentricities to the charges facing Dr. Conrad Murray. But it's still sad he is gone, especially today. Here is a little photo tribute to MJ ...

  • Vintage Michael Jackson
  • Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover (III)
  • Michael Jackson, Children
  • An MJ Pic

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The late Michael Jackson would have been 51 years old today.

Chances are, you already know all there is to know about him - from the ups and downs of his life to the homicide investigation still ongoing following his tragic death June 25. But it's still sad he is gone, especially on his birthday.

Here is a little photo tribute to the late, great King of Pop ...

  • An MJ Pic
  • Vintage Michael Jackson
  • Michael Jackson, Children
  • Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover (III)
  • Michael Jackson (1958-2009)
  • Michael in Concert

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Apparently presidential hopeful John McCain shares a birthday with Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson! What does THAT say about his ability to lead?!

Just kidding. We won't hold sharing August 29 as a of birth with the King of Crazy against John McCain, who turns 102 (give or take 30) today.

As for Michael Jackson, he officially reaches the half-century mark today after decades of pop hits, plastic surgeries and absurd news stories.

We'd recount some of them here, but we just don't have that much server space. So here's a brief photo tribute to the birthday boys instead ...

Check out The Hollywood Gossip's celebrity birthdays calendar to see who's up next - and when your favorite stars celebrate their special days.