On this day: September 18

Published On: Sep 17 2012 07:16:13 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

America takes out its first loan, The New York Times and the United States Air Force are born, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix dies, and "The Guiding Light" ends after 72 years, all on this day.

OTD September 18 - Dee Dee Ramone
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1951: Singer-songwriter and rock musician Dee Dee Ramone, best known as founding member, songwriter, and bassist for punk rock band the Ramones, is born Douglas Glenn Colvin in Fort Lee, Virginia. Ramone was the band's most prolific lyricist and songwriter, writing many of the band's most well-known songs, such as "53rd & 3rd," "Commando," "Rockaway Beach" and "Poison Heart." He struggled with drug addiction for most of his life, particularly heroin, and died of a heroin overdose on June 5, 2002.

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