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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.

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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

Best Dancer Ever?
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