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OTRC: Michael Jackson's 55th birthday: See 17 favorite photos of late singer

Michael Jackson visits his old Los Angeles school, Gardner Street Elementary School, and flashes the victory sign on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1989. The newly refurbished auditorium was dedicated to Jackson. He told the crowd: 'This is the happiest day of my life.' / Michael Jackson poses with Disney characters Snow White and Dopey at his family's home in Encino, California on April 27, 1984. They presented Jackson with a one-of-a-kind display featuring the characters in a scene representative of the 1937 classic film. (AP Photo / Wally Fong / Nick Ut)

Michael Jackson would have celebrated his 55th birthday on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.

Check out 17 of our favorite vintage photos of the late King of Pop, who died on June 25, 2009. Our gallery includes images from the 1970s, when he was a young member of the Jackson Five, to the 1980s and 1990s, during Jackson's rise to fame and during some of his happiest times.