April 18th: On This Day

On this day in 1984, Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair the damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.

The 25-year-old “King of Pop” was filming a “stage performance” for the commercial with the other members of the Jackson 5, when the pyrotechnic explosion ignited his hair.

He and his brothers had signed a promotional deal with Pepsi worth $5 million in November the previous year. After the accident, Pepsi paid Jackson $1.5 million in compensation, which the pop star donated to the Brotman Medical Centre, one of the hospitals in which he was treated.

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