Jeffrey Hyman (a.k.a. Joey Ramone) is born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.
John Cummings (a.k.a. Johnny Ramone) is born in Long Island, New York.
Tommy Erdelyi (a.k.a. Tommy Ramone) is born in Budapest, Hungary.
Douglas Colvin (a.k.a. Dee Dee Ramone) is born in Fort Lee, Virginia.
Marc Bell (a.k.a. Marky Ramone) is born in New York City.
The Ramones give their first live show at the Performance Studio in New York.
The Ramones perform the first of many shows at New York’s CBGB’s.
The Ramones’ self-titled first album, the initial volley in the punk-rock movement, is released. By contrast to all the big-budget pomp-rock albums of the mid-Seventies, ‘The Ramones’ cost only $6,000 to make.
On the very day of the U.S. bicentennial, the Ramones kick off their first British tour at London’s Roundhouse, lighting a fire under the nascent punk movement by inspiring groups like the Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks and the Clash. It is a seminal moment in punk-rock history.
The Ramones second album, ‘Leave Home’ – which contains songs like “Pinhead,” “Carbona Not Glue” and “You Should Have Never Opened That Door” – enters the album charts, rising to only #148 in a brief, ten-week stand.
“Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,” by the Ramones, enters the British singles charts, where it will peak at #22 – their first Top Forty hit.
‘Rocket to Russia,’ the Ramones’ third album, enters the album chart, where it reaches a respectable #49. It contains all three Ramones singles ever to chart in the U.S.
The Ramones perform on New Year’s Eve at London’s Rainbow Theatre. The concert is subsequently released (though not in the U.S.) as the double album ‘It’s Alive.’
‘Road to Ruin,’ the Ramones’ fourth album, is released. It contains such anthems as “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “I Just Want to Have Something to Do.”
The Allan Arkush-directed ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,’ featuring the Ramones on the soundtrack and in the movie, premieres in Los Angeles.
The Ramones’ remake of the Ronettes’ “Baby I Love You” enters the British singles chart, where it will peak at #8 – their biggest hit in any country.
‘End of the Century’ - the Ramones’ fifth album, produced by Phil Spector – enters the album chart. It will be the highest-charting album of their career, reaching #44.
‘Too Tough to Die,’ among the best of the Ramones’ later albums, is released.
‘Acid Eaters,’ an album of psychedelic covers by the Ramones, enters the album chart.
The Ramones release their fourteenth and final studio album, ‘Adios Amigos.’
After touring as part of the sixth annual Lollapalooza festival, the Ramones perform their 2,263rd and final show in Los Angeles.
Joey Ramone dies of lymphatic cancer in New York.
Joey Ramone’s solo album, ‘Don’t Worry About Me,’ is released.
The Ramones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the seventeenth annual induction dinner. Eddie Vedder is their presenter.
Dee Dee Ramone dies of an apparent overdose.
Johnny Ramone passes away after a fight with prostate cancer.