40 years ago today, the Ramones released their debut album, igniting the punk rock era. The front cover depicting the New York City musicians leaning against a brick wall became an iconic punk statement. The most well-known track was the opener, Blitzkrieg Bop, with its call, “Hey ho, let’s go!” Critical acclaim mounted over the years as lifetime achievement awards and top rock rankings consistently enshrined the band from Queens. WATCH… (1976)
After they formed in 1974, the band toured virtually nonstop for 22 years until they played a farewell concert in 1996 and disbanded. By 2014 all the four original band members–none of whom were related, though all took on the last name of Ramone–had died of lymphoma, cancer, pneumonia or heroin overdose.
Watch them perform Blitzkrieg Bop live in a club… (Click to enlarge image, by Roberta Bayley)
MORE Good News on this Day:
- In celebration of Shakespeare‘s 33rd birthday, his play, The Merry Wives of Windsor was performed before Queen Elizabeth I, who was in attendance at the Globe theater (1597) *Historical Note: Shakespeare died 400 years ago today.
- After graduating from the Law College of Howard University (Phi Beta Kappa), the first black woman lawyer in the United States, Charlotte E. Ray, was admitted to the Washington, DC bar association (1872)
- Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league baseball home runs (1954)
- The Rolling Stones‘ album Sticky Fingers was released (1971)
- Eritreans voted overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a UN-monitored referendum (1993)
- The French National Assembly voted 331-225 to approve marriage equality, making France the 14th country to legalize gay marriage (2013)
And, on this day 11 years ago, the first video was uploaded to YouTube. Entitled ‘Me at the zoo‘, the short clip was posted by co-founder Jawed Karim, a programmer, who partnered with two of his former PayPal co-workers, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, to create the company. Just 19 months later, YouTube was bought by Google for $1.65 billion. (2005) – Photos, Rego Korosi, CC