Time Person of the Year
Person of the Year (formerly Man of the Year) is an annual issue of the United States newsmagazine Time that features and profiles a person, group, idea or object that "for better or for worse, ...has done the most to influence the events of the year."
The tradition of selecting a "Man of the Year" began in 1927, with Time editors contemplating newsworthy stories possible during a slow news week. The idea was also an attempt to remedy the editorial embarrassment earlier that year of not having aviator Charles Lindbergh on its cover following his historic trans-Atlantic flight. By the end of the year, it was decided that a cover story featuring Lindbergh as the Man of the Year would serve both purposes.
Since then, individual people, classes of people, the computer ("Machine of the Year" in 1982), and "Endangered Earth" ("Planet of the Year" in 1988) have all been selected for the special year-end issue. Despite the magazine's frequent statements to the contrary, the designation is often regarded as an honor, and spoken of as an award or prize, simply based on many previous selections of admirable people. However Time magazine points out controversial figures such as Adolf Hitler (1938), Joseph Stalin (1939 and 1942), Nikita Khrushchev (1957) and Ayatollah Khomeini (1979) have also been granted the title for their impacts.
In 1999, the title was changed to Person of the Year. However, the only women to specifically win the renamed recognition have been "The Whistleblowers" (Cynthia Cooper, Coleen Rowley and Sherron Watkins, in 2002) and Melinda Gates (jointly with Bill Gates and Bono, in 2005). Before that, four women were granted the title as individuals, as "Woman of the Year" – Wallis Simpson (1936), Soong May-ling (1937), Queen Elizabeth II (1952) and Corazon Aquino (1986). "American Women" were recognized as a group in 1975. Other classes of people recognized comprise both men and women, such as "Hungarian Freedom Fighters" (1956), "U.S. Scientists" (1960), "The Inheritors" (1966), "The Middle Americans" (1969), "The American Soldier" (2003), "You" (2006) and "The Protester" (2011, represented on the cover by a woman).
Since the list began, every serving President of the United States has been a Person of the Year at least once with the exceptions of Calvin Coolidge, in office at time of the first issue, Herbert Hoover, the next U.S. president, and Gerald Ford. Most were named Person of the Year either the year they were elected or while they were in office; the only one to be given the title before being elected is Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1944 as Supreme Commander of the Allied Invasion Force, eight years before his election. He subsequently received the title again in 1959, while in office. Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only person to have received the title three times, all while in office (1932, 1934 and 1941).
As a result of the public backlash it received from the United States for naming the Ayatollah Khomeini Man of the Year in 1979, Time has shied away from using figures that are controversial in the United States. Time's Person of the Year 2001, immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, was New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, although the stated rules of selection, the individual or group of individuals who have had the biggest effect on the year's news, made Osama bin Laden a more likely choice. The issue that declared Giuliani the Person of the Year included an article that mentioned Time's earlier decision to elect the Ayatollah Khomeini and the 1999 rejection of Hitler as "Person of the Century". The article seemed to imply that Osama bin Laden was a stronger candidate than Giuliani, as Adolf Hitler was a stronger candidate than Albert Einstein. The selections were ultimately based on what the magazine describes as who they believed had a stronger influence on history and who represented either the year or the century the most. According to Time, Rudolph Giuliani was picked for symbolizing the American response to the September 11th attacks, and Albert Einstein picked for representing a century of scientific exploration and wonder.
Filmmaker Michael Moore claims that director Mel Gibson cost him the opportunity to be Person of the Year alongside Gibson in 2004. Moore's controversial political documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 became the highest-grossing documentary of all time the same year Gibson's The Passion of the Christ became a box-office success and also caused significant controversy. Moore said in an interview "I got a call right after the '04 election from an editor from Time Magazine. He said,' Time Magazine has picked you and Mel Gibson to be Time 's Person of the Year to put on the cover, Right and Left, Mel and Mike. The only thing you have to do is pose for a picture with each other. And do an interview together.' I said 'OK.' They call Mel up, he agrees. They set the date and time in LA. I'm to fly there. He's flying from Australia. Something happens when he gets home... Next thing, Mel calls up and says, 'I'm not doing it. I've thought it over and it is not the right thing to do.' So they put Bush on the cover."
Another controversial choice was the 2006 selection of "You", representing most if not all people for advancing the information age by using the Internet (via e.g. blogs, YouTube, MySpace and Wikipedia). The choice was criticized for being a short-sighted gimmick which ignored other newsmakers of the year. Pundit Paul Kedrosky called it an "incredible cop-out".
Time Magazine held its first online poll to decide the Person of the Year in 1998. Wrestler and activist Mick Foley won with over 50% of votes. Foley was removed from the poll, and the award was given to Clinton and Starr.[better source needed] In 2006, the poll winner by a wide margin was Hugo Chávez, with 35% of the votes. The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came in second. Time again ignored those results, not mentioning them in the announcement of the Person of the Year. Time continues to annually run an online poll for the "People's Choice", but stresses the decision on who the magazine recognizes is made independently of this poll by the magazine's editors. 
Persons of the Year
|1927||Charles Lindbergh||USA||1902–1974||In 1927, Lindbergh became the first person to fly a plane non-stop across the Atlantic, from New York to Paris.|
|1928||Walter Chrysler||USA||1875–1940||In 1928, Chrysler oversaw a merger of his Chrysler Corporation with Dodge before beginning work on the Chrysler Building.|
|1929||Owen D. Young||USA||1874–1962||Young chaired a committee which authored 1929's Young Plan, a program for settlement of German reparations after World War I.|
|1930||Mahatma Gandhi||British Raj||1869–1948||Gandhi was the leader of the Indian independence movement. In 1930, he led the Salt Satyagraha, a 240 mile march to protest the imposition of taxes on salt by the British Raj.|
|1931||Pierre Laval||France||1883–1945||Laval was first elected Prime Minister of France in 1931.|
|1932||Franklin D. Roosevelt||USA||1882–1945||Roosevelt won the 1932 US Presidential election by a landslide, defeating the incumbent, Herbert Hoover.|
|1933||Hugh Samuel Johnson||USA||1882–1942||In 1933, Johnson was appointed director of the National Recovery Administration, tasked by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt to bring industry, labor and government together to create codes of "fair practices" and set prices.|
|1934||Franklin D. Roosevelt||USA||1882–1945||Roosevelt was President of the United States from 1933-1945.|
|1935||Haile Selassie I||Ethiopia||1892–1975||Selassie was Emperor of Ethiopia in 1935, when Italian forces invaded Ethiopia, starting the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.|
|1936||Wallis Simpson||USA||1896–1986||In 1936, Simpson's relationship with King Edward VIII led the king to abdicate his thrones in order to marry her.|
|1937||Chiang Kai-shek||China||1887–1975||Chiang was Premier of the Republic of China at the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937.|
|Soong May-ling||China||1898–2003||Soong was wife of Chiang Kai-shek from 1927 until his death in 1975.|
|1938||Adolf Hitler||Germany||1889–1945||As German Chancellor, Hitler oversaw the unification of Germany with Austria and the Sudetenland in 1938, after the Anschluss and Munich Agreement respectively.|
|1939||Joseph Stalin||USSR||1878–1953||In 1939, Stalin was General Secretary of the Communist Party and de facto leader of the Soviet Union. He oversaw the signing of a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany before invading eastern Poland.|
|1940||Winston Churchill||UK||1874–1965||Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation and the Battle of Britain.|
|1941||Franklin D. Roosevelt||USA||1882–1945||Roosevelt was President of the United States in 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor, declaration of war against Japan and resulting entry of the United States into World War II.|
|1942||Joseph Stalin||USSR||1878–1953||By 1942, Stalin was Premier of the Soviet Union, overseeing the Battle of Stalingrad (1942-1943).|
|1943||George Marshall||USA||1880–1959||As United States Army Chief of Staff in 1943, General Marshall was instrumental in organizing US actions in World War II.|
|1944||Dwight D. Eisenhower||USA||1890–1969||General Eisenhower was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during 1944's Operation Overlord.|
|1945||Harry S. Truman||USA||1884–1972||Truman became President of the United States after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, authorizing the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.|
|1946||James F. Byrnes||USA||1879–1972||In 1946, Byrnes was United States Secretary of State during the his Iran crisis of 1946, taking an increasingly hardline position in opposition to Stalin. His speech, "Restatement of Policy on Germany", set the tone of future US policy, repudiating the Morgenthau Plan economic policies and giving Germans hope for the future.|
|1947||George Marshall||USA||1880–1959||Appointed United States Secretary of State in 1947, Marshall was the architect of the Marshall Plan.|
|1948||Harry S. Truman||USA||1884–1972||Truman was elected in his own right as President of the United States in 1948, considered to be the greatest election upset in American history.|
|1949||Winston Churchill||UK||1874–1965||Proclaimed as the "Man of the half-century", by 1949 Churchill was Leader of the Opposition.|
|1950||The American fighting-man||USA||Representing U.S. troops involved in the Korean War (1950-1953).|
|1951||Mohammad Mossadegh||Iran||1882–1967||In 1951, Mossadegh was elected as Prime Minister of Iran, responsible for the Abadan Crisis|
|1952||Elizabeth II||Commonwealth realms[n 1]||1926–||In 1952, Elizabeth acceded to the thrones of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ceylon, Pakistan and South Africa following the death of her father, King George VI|
|1953||Konrad Adenauer||West Germany||1876–1967||In 1953, Adenauer was re-elected as Chancellor of Germany.|
|1954||John Foster Dulles||USA||1888–1959||As United States Secretary of State in 1954, Dulles was architect of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization|
|1955||Harlow Curtice||USA||1893–1962||Curtice was President of General Motors (GM) from 1953-1958. In 1955, GM sold five million vehicles and became the first corporation to earn a billion US dollars in a single year.|
|1956||The Hungarian freedom fighter||Hungary||Representing Hungarian revolutionaries involved in the failed 1956 uprising.|
|1957||Nikita Khrushchev||USSR||1894–1971||In 1957, Krushchev consolidated his leadership of the Soviet Union, surviving a plot to dismiss him by members of the Presidium, and leading the Soviet Union into the Space Race with the launch of Sputnik 1.|
|1958||Charles de Gaulle||France||1890–1970||De Gaulle was appointed Prime Minister of France in May 1958 and, following the collapse of the Fourth Republic and establishment of the Fifth Republic, was then elected President of France in December.|
|1959||Dwight D. Eisenhower||USA||1890–1969||Eisenhower was President of the United States from 1953-1960.|
|1960||U.S. Scientists||USA||Represented by George Beadle, Charles Draper, John Enders, Donald A. Glaser, Joshua Lederberg, Willard Libby, Linus Pauling, Edward Purcell, Isidor Rabi, Emilio Segrè, William Shockley, Edward Teller, Charles Townes, James Van Allen and Robert Woodward.|
|1961||John F. Kennedy||USA||1917–1963||Kennedy was inaugurated as President of the United States in 1961, ordering the failed invasion of Cuba by U.S.-trained Cuban exiles.|
|1962||Pope John XXIII||Holy See/ Italy||1881–1963||John XXIII was head of the Roman Catholic Church from 1958-1963. In 1962, John volunteered as a mediator in the Cuban Missile Crisis, gaining praise from both sides.|
|1963||Martin Luther King, Jr.||USA||1929–1968||An African-American civil rights leader, King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.|
|1964||Lyndon B. Johnson||USA||1908–1973||Johnson was elected in his own right as President of the United States in 1964, before securing the passage of the Civil Rights Act, declaring a War on Poverty and escalating U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.|
|1965||William Westmoreland||USA||1914–2005||General Westmoreland was commander of U.S. forces in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.|
|1966||The Inheritor||Representing a generation of American men and women, aged 25 and under.|
|1967||Lyndon B. Johnson||USA||1908–1973||Johnson was President of the United States from 1963-1969.|
|1968||The Apollo 8 astronauts||USA||In 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 (William Anders, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell) became the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit, orbiting the Moon and paving the way for the first manned Moon landings in 1969.|
|1969||The Middle Americans||USA||Also referred to as the Silent Majority|
|1970||Willy Brandt||West Germany||1913–1992||As Chancellor of Germany, Brandt was acknowledged for "seeking to bring about a fresh relationship between East and West" through his "bold approach to the Soviet Union and the East Bloc".|
|1971||Richard Nixon||USA||1913–1994||Nixon was President of the United States from 1969-1973.|
|1972||Richard Nixon||USA||1913–1994||As President of the United States, Nixon visited China in 1972 - the first U.S. President to do so. Nixon later secured the SALT I pact with the Soviet Union before being re-elected in one of the largest landslide election victories in American history|
|Henry Kissinger||USA||1923–||Kissinger, as Nixon's National Security Advisor, travelled with the President to China in 1972.|
|1973||John Sirica||USA||1904–1992||In 1973, as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Sirica ordered President Nixon to turn over Watergate-related recordings of White House conversations.|
|1974||King Faisal||Saudi Arabia||1906–1975||Faisal, King of Saudi Arabia, was acknowledged in the wake of the oil crisis of 1973-1974, caused by Saudi Arabia withdrawing it's oil from world markets in protest at Western support for Israel during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War.|
|1975||American women||USA||Represented by Susan Brownmiller, Kathleen Byerly, Alison Cheek, Jill Conway, Betty Ford, Ella Grasso, Carla Hills, Barbara Jordan, Billie Jean King, Carol Sutton, Susie Sharp, and Addie Wyatt.|
|1976||Jimmy Carter||USA||1924–||In 1976, Carter was elected President of the United States.|
|1977||Anwar Sadat||Egypt||1918–1981||Sadat, as President of Egypt, traveled to Israel in 1977 - the first Arab leader to do so - to discuss normalization of Egypt-Israel relations.|
|1978||Deng Xiaoping||China||1904–1997||Deng overthrew Hua Guofeng to assume de facto control over China in 1978, as Paramount Leader.|
|1979||Ayatollah Khomeini||Iran||1902–1989||Khomeini led the 1979 Iranian Revolution, establishing himself as Supreme Leader.|
|1980||Ronald Reagan||USA||1911–2004||Reagan was elected President of the United States in 1980.|
|1981||Lech Wałęsa||Poland||1943–||Leader of the Polish Solidarity trade union and architect of the Gdańsk Agreement until his arrest and the imposition of martial law in December 1981.|
|1982||The Computer||Machine of the Year|
|1983||Ronald Reagan||USA||1911–2004||In 1983, as President of the United States, Reagan ordered the Invasion of Grenada and championed the Strategic Defense Initiative.|
|Yuri Andropov||USSR||1914–1984||Andropov, as Soviet leader, was a strong critic of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Andropov was hospitalized in August 1983 and died in 1984.|
|1984||Peter Ueberroth||USA||1937–||Ueberroth orchestrated the organization of the successful 1984 Summer Olympics.|
|1985||Deng Xiaoping||China||1904–1997||As Paramount Leader of China, Deng was acknowledged for "sweeping economic reforms that have challenged Marxist orthodoxies".|
|1986||Corazon C. Aquino||Philippines||1933–2009||Aquino was a prominent figure in 1986's People Power Revolution, being elected President of the Philippines.|
|1987||Mikhail Gorbachev||USSR||1931–||As leader of the Soviet Union, Gorbachev oversaw Perestroika political reforms in 1987.|
|1988||The Endangered Earth||Planet of the Year|
|1989||Mikhail Gorbachev||USSR||1931–||Acknowledged as "Man of the Decade". Gorbachev, as Soviet leader, oversaw 1989's first free Soviet elections before the fragmentation of the Eastern Bloc.|
|1990||George H. W. Bush||USA||1924–||As President of the United States, Bush oversaw U.S. involvement in the Gulf War (1990-1991)|
|1991||Ted Turner||USA||1938–||Founder of CNN.|
|1992||Bill Clinton||USA||1946–||Clinton was elected President of the United States in 1992|
|1993||The Peacemakers|| Palestinian Authority
|Represented by Yasser Arafat, F.W. de Klerk, Nelson Mandela, and Yitzhak Rabin.
De Klerk, as State President of South Africa, oversaw Mandela's release from prison in 1990. The pair worked together to end the Apartheid system.
Arafat, as President of the Palestinian National Authority, and Rabin, as Prime Minister of Israel, signed the 1993 Oslo Accord - the first face-to-face agreement between Palestinian and Israeli authorities.
|1994||Pope John Paul II||Holy See/ Poland||1920–2005||Head of the Roman Catholic Church from 1978-2005.|
|1995||Newt Gingrich||USA||1943–||Leader of the "Republican Revolution" - a successful Republican party election landslide. Gingrich was elected Speaker of the House as a result.|
|1996||David Ho||Taiwan/ USA||1952–||Ho, a scientist, pioneered much AIDS research.|
|1997||Andrew Grove||Hungary/ USA||1936–||In 1997, Grove was Chairman and CEO of Intel, recognized as a pioneer in the semiconductor industry.|
|1998||Bill Clinton||USA||1946–||As President of the United States, Clinton was impeached in 1998 following the Lewinsky scandal.|
|Ken Starr||USA||1946–||Starr, a lawyer investigating various figures within the Clinton administration, published his Starr Report in 1998, opening the door for the impeachment of Bill Clinton.|
|1999||Jeffrey P. Bezos||USA||1964–||Not to be confused with Person of the Century
Bezos is founder and CEO of Amazon.com.
|2000||George W. Bush||USA||1946–||In 2000, Bush was controversially elected President of the United States.|
|2001||Rudolph Giuliani||USA||1944–||Giuliani was Mayor of New York City at the time of the September 11 attacks in 2001.|
|2002||The Whistleblowers||USA||Represented by Cynthia Cooper, Coleen Rowley and Sherron Watkins.
In 2001, Watkins uncovered accounting irregularities in the financial reports of Enron, testifying before Congressional committees the following year. In 2002, Cooper exposed a $3.8 billion fraud at WorldCom. At the time, this was the largest incident of accounting fraud in U.S. history. In 2002, Rowley, an FBI agent, gave testimony about the FBI's mishandling of information related to the September 11 attacks of 2001.
|2003||The American soldier||USA||Representing U.S. forces around the world - especially in the Iraq War (2003-2011).|
|2004||George W. Bush||USA||1946–||In 2004, Bush was re-elected President of the United States, overseeing U.S. involvement in the Iraq War.|
|2005||The Good Samaritans|| Ireland
|Represented by Bono, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates.
Bono, philanthropist and member of the rock band U2, helped to organise the 2005 Live 8 concerts. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and then-richest person in the world, and his wife Melinda, founded the philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
|2006||You||Represented by the individual content creator on the World Wide Web.|
|2007||Vladimir Putin||Russia||1952–||President of Russia from 2000-2008.|
|2008||Barack Obama||USA||1961–||In 2008, Obama was elected President of the United States, becoming the first African-American U.S. President.|
|2009||Ben Bernanke||USA||1953–||Chairman of the Federal Reserve during the Financial crisis of 2007–08|
|2010||Mark Zuckerberg||USA||1984–||Founder of social-networking website Facebook.|
|2011||The Protester||Representing many global protest movements – for example, the Arab Spring, the Indignants Movement, Tea Party movement and Occupy Movement – as well as protests in Greece, India, Russia and 2011–12 Chilean student protests among others.|
|2012||Barack Obama||USA||1961–||In 2012, Obama was re-elected President of the United States.|
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