2005 – Ricky Martin of “Livin’ La Vida Loca” fame tours the tsunami-hit island of Phuket off Thailand. The singer is there to draw attention to child slave gangs preying on children left orphaned by the tsunami. Very Kewl for him to make that effort.
2005 – it was announced that the Strawberry Field children’s home immortalised by The Beatles was to close. The home in Woolton, Liverpool was made famous when John Lennon wrote ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ after playing there as a child.
2004 – Latin pop hero Ricky Martin (“Livin’ La Vida Loca”) appears at the United Nations to ask world leaders to help him combat sex tourism and child prostitution.
2004 – Dixie Chick Natalie Maines becomes the proud mother of a son, Beckett Finn. Beckett is her second child.
2004 – Los Angeles police drop an investigation into child abuse claims dating back to the late 1980s made against Michael Jackson. The King of Pop still faces molestation allegations in Santa Barbara, Calif.
2004 – Canadian rock act Sum 41 is forced to evacuate the African nation of Congo while filming a documentary, “From the Front Lines” for aid agency War Child Canada.
2004 – Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli and Carlos Santana perform at the We are the Future concert at Rome’s Circus Maximus. Organized by Quincy Jones, the all-star show benefits child care centers in African and Middle Eastern war zones.
2004 – Michael Jackson pleads not guilty to a 10 count indictment which includes charges of child molestation, extortion, false imprisonment, child abduction and giving a minor an intoxicating agent.
2004 – Michael Jackson appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to seven charges of child molestation. The singer who arrived 21 minutes late was told off by the Santa Barbara judge saying ‘Mr Jackson, you have started out on the wrong foot here, it is an insult to the court.’
2004 – An attorney representing the family of the boy allegedly molested by Michael Jackson files a formal complaint about the leak of a confidential child welfare agency memo. The memo said Jackson was cleared of misconduct after an investigation by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
2004 – Gary Jules’ cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” remains atop the British singles chart for a third week. Will Young’s Friday’s Child is the week’s top-selling album.
2003 – In an interview with 60 Minutes, Michael Jackson denies allegations of child abuse, saying, “”Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists.” He also claims he was roughed up by the Santa Barbara police after he turned himself in to face charges earlier this month.