Michael Jackson was posthumously awarded a star on the Palms Casino Resort’s Walk of Fame in Las Vegas. Just as thousands of fans celebrated the King of Pop’s birthday in Mexico, the UK and other parts of the world, Joe Jackson attended the ceremony on his son’s behalf.
Liza Minnelli, MJ’s longtime friend, also celebrated MJ’s birthday at her concert at the Hollywood Bowl and dedicated a rendition of “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” to Jackson. She said, “Today would have been Michael Jackson’s birthday. And I loved him with all of my heart, and I will miss him for the rest of my life.”
In Mexico, locals decided to stage the largest “Thriller” dance and about 13,957 attended. Meanwhile, a group of 500 well-choreographed fans gathered in Leicester, U.K. to wish Michael Jackson a happy 51st birthday by re-enacting his famous “Thriller” video.