Published: 12th October 2021
What happened on October 12: Chris Columbus' OG geography blooper and the rebirth of Michael Jackson
Christopher Columbus' 'discovery' and a tribute to the King of Pop. October 12 has always been a poignant date
It is perhaps apt that the 'discovery' of the 'New World' was a major faux pas by a white man. Italian explorer Christopher Columbus thought he had 'discovered' the mysteriously rich and opulent land of India, when one of the three ships in his grand voyage of 36 days chanced upon an island in the Bahamas and established a Spanish colony there. This was way back in 1492. He returned to colonise neighbouring islands, forming what is today the country of Haiti. What followed was Britain colonising the American continents, wiping out indigenous populations, apart from giving them the ridiculous misnomer of "Indian" Americans.
On June 25, 2009, the world woke up to the tragic news that the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was no more. However, music is a wonderful thing. And from MJ's archives came the track 'This Is It,' which was released on October 12 in 2009, making it the first song by the musician to be released posthumously. The track was a part of the documentary on his life, which was released on October 28 that year. The song was co-written by Jackson and Canadian musician Paul Anka. The song was originally recorded way back in 1983, but never saw the light of day until Sony Music released it along with Jackson's documentary after his death. The video for the song was a homage to Jackson's life and times, and the legacy he had created for himself.