On this day in history, Jan. 30, 1933, ‘The Lone Ranger’ debuts, trotting into American cultural lore
, 2023-01-29 23:02:00,
Champion of justice “The Lone Ranger” and trusty steed Silver rode across the Wild West and into American lore for the first time on this day in history, Jan. 30, 1933.
Lone Ranger was soon joined by Native American sidekick Tonto to become the original crime-fighting dynamic duo of multimedia fame.
The program debuted on WXYZ in Detroit — the first of more than 3,000 radio episodes over the next two decades.
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“‘The Lone Ranger’ was an instant success, and the character became known for his black domino mask, code of honor, signature silver bullets, and horse Silver,” the Smithsonian Institution notes.
“According to his moral code, the Lone Ranger attempts to avoid violence, shooting only to disarm, not kill, and using silver bullets as a reminder of the value of human life.”
The radio show soon found a nationwide audience of millions of listeners. Meant for children, it enjoyed equal appeal among adults.
“During the next 80 years, ‘The Lone Ranger’ would appear in comic strips, television shows and movies, not to mention a vast array of merchandise including action figures, costumes, books and toy guns,” writes Indian Country Times, a news site of indigenous American culture.
“The show also helped define the TV Western, inspiring dozens of other titles.”
“The Lone Ranger” made its television debut in 1949 and was an early TV-era hit for ABC before ending in…
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