With less than a week to go before Madonna officially kisses her forties goodbye, we're almost halfway though our birthday countdown of the 50 biggest moments in Madonna history. Today we tick off numbers 31 through 35. Keep coming back between now and Madonna's 50th birthday (August 16th) to see what other milestones made the list--and remember, Madonna is proof that 50 is the new 20!
31) People Don't Preach, She's Keeping Her Baby
Even when she tries to do good, Madonna inevitably courts controversy. Like when she tried to pull an Angelina and adopt a third-world infant orphan: Instead, she entered a Malawi orphanage and selected David Banda, a toddler whose father was still alive. A two-year struggle ensued when David's father had a change of heart, and it came to the public's attention that regular Malawian adoption rules may have been relaxed a little bit for a star of Madonna's stature. But Madonna had made up her mind; she was keeping her baby. The Ciccone-Ritchies' adoption of