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The United States magazine Time has named someone Man, Woman or Person of the Year for quite some time. This began in 1927 as a chance to put aviator Charles Lindbergh on the cover.

Persons of the Year

Year Image Choice Lifetime Notes
1927 LindberghStLouis.jpg Charles Lindbergh  USA 1902–1974 Lindbergh was, in May 1927, the first person to fly a plane non-stop from New York City, USA to Paris, France.
1928 Walter Chrysler  USA 1875–1940 In 1928, Chrysler oversaw a merger of his company with Dodge, and began work on his eponymous building.
1929 Owen D. Young.jpg Owen D. Young  USA 1874–1962 Young chaired a committee which authored the Young Plan, a program for settlement of German reparations debts after World War I.
1930 Portrait Gandhi.jpg Mahatma Gandhi  IND 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 Laval 1931.jpg Pierre Laval  France 1883–1945 Laval was a four-time Prime Minister of France.
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt TIME Man of the Year 1933 color photo.jpg Franklin D. Roosevelt  USA 1882–1945 Roosevelt won the 1932 US Presidential election by a landslide, defeating the incumbent, Herbert Hoover.
1933 Hugh S. Johnson.jpg Hugh Samuel Johnson  USA 1882–1942 Johnson was then the director of the National Recovery Administration, an agency tasked by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt to bring industry, labor and government together to create codes of "fair practices" and set prices.
1934 FDR in 1933.jpg Franklin D. Roosevelt  USA 1882–1945 Roosevelt was President of the United States from 1933 to 1945.
1935 Selassie restored.jpg Haile Selassie I Ethiopia 1892–1975 Selassie was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. In October 1935, Italian forces invaded Ethiopia, starting the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.
1936 Wallis Simpson -1936.JPG Wallis Simpson  USA 1896–1986 King Edward VIII abdicated his thrones to marry Simpson.
1937 Chiang Kai-shek(蔣中正).jpg Chiang Kai-shek  Republic of China 1887–1975 At the time, Chiang was Premier of the Republic of China.
Soong May-ling  Republic of China 1898–2003 At the time, Soong was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek.
1938 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S33882, Adolf Hitler retouched.jpg Adolf Hitler  Germany 1889–1945 1938 saw the unification of Germany with Austria and the Sudetenland after the Anschluss and Munich Agreement respectively.
1939 Joseph Stalin  USSR 1878–1953
1940 Churchill portrait NYP 45063.jpg Winston Churchill  UK 1874–1965
1941 Franklin Roosevelt signing declaration of war against Japan.jpg Franklin D. Roosevelt  USA 1882–1945
1942 JStalin Secretary general CCCP 1942.jpg Joseph Stalin  USSR 1878–1953
1943 General George C. Marshall, official military photo, 1946.JPEG George Marshall  USA 1880–1959
1944 General Dwight D. Eisenhower.jpg Dwight D. Eisenhower  USA 1890–1969
1945 Harry S. Truman.jpg Harry S. Truman  USA 1884–1972
1946 James Francis Byrnes, at his desk, 1943.jpg James F. Byrnes  USA 1879–1972
1947 General George C. Marshall, official military photo, 1946.JPEG George Marshall  USA 1880–1959 Wrote the Marshall Plan
1948 Truman initiating Korean involvement.jpg Harry S. Truman  USA 1884–1972
1949 Sir Winston S Churchill.jpg Winston Churchill  UK 1874–1965 Man of the half-century
1950 The American fighting-man  USA Representing Korean War troops
1951 Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh of Iran leaving for the Iranian Embassy.jpg Mohammad Mossadegh  Iran 1882–1967
1952 Elizabeth and Philip 1953.jpg Elizabeth II Personal flag of Queen Elizabeth II.svg Commonwealth realms[n 1] 1926–
1953 Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F078072-0004, Konrad Adenauer.jpg Konrad Adenauer  West Germany 1876–1967
1954 JohnFosterDulles.jpeg John Foster Dulles  USA 1888–1959
1955 Harlow Curtice  USA 1893–1962 Head of General Motors from 1953 to 1958.
1956 The Hungarian freedom fighter  Hungary
1957 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B0628-0015-035, Nikita S. Chruschtschow.jpg Nikita Khrushchev  USSR 1894–1971
1958 De Gaulle 1961 (cropped).jpg Charles de Gaulle  France 1890–1970
1959 Dwight D. Eisenhower, official photo portrait, May 29, 1959.jpg Dwight D. Eisenhower  USA 1890–1969
1960 American 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, White House color photo portrait.jpg John F. Kennedy  USA 1917–1963
1962 Pope John XXIII  Holy See/ Italy 1881–1963
1963 Martin Luther King Jr NYWTS.jpg Martin Luther King, Jr.  USA 1929–1968
1964 37 Lbj2 3x4.jpg Lyndon B. Johnson  USA 1908–1973
1965 Gen William C Westmoreland.jpg William Westmoreland  USA 1914–2005
1966 The Inheritor A generation: the man—and woman—of 25 and under.
1967 37 Lbj2 3x4.jpg Lyndon B. Johnson  USA 1908–1973
1968 Apollo 8 Crewmembers - GPN-2000-001125.jpg The Apollo 8 astronauts  USA William Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell
1969 The Middle Americans  USA Also referred to as the Silent Majority[1]
1970 Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F057884-0009, Willy Brandt.jpg Willy Brandt  West Germany 1913–1992
1971 Richard M. Nixon, ca. 1935 - 1982 - NARA - 530679.jpg Richard Nixon  USA 1913–1994
1972 Richard M. Nixon, ca. 1935 - 1982 - NARA - 530679.jpg Richard Nixon  USA 1913–1994
Henry Kissinger.jpg Henry Kissinger  USA 1923–
1973 John Sirica  USA 1904–1992 Judge who ordered Richard Nixon to turn over Watergate-related recordings.
1974 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia on on arrival ceremony welcoming 05-27-1971 (cropped).jpg King Faisal  Saudi Arabia 1906–1975
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 JimmyCarterPortrait2.jpg Jimmy Carter  USA 1924–
1977 Anwar Sadat cropped.jpg Anwar Sadat  Egypt 1918–1981
1978 DengXiaoping.jpg Deng Xiaoping  People's Republic of China 1904–1997
1979 عکسی از خمینی.JPG Ayatollah Khomeini  Iran 1902–1989
1980 Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981.jpg Ronald Reagan  USA 1911–2004
1981 Lech walesa prezydent RP.gif Lech Wałęsa  Poland 1943–
1982 The Computer Machine of the Year
1983 Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981.jpg Ronald Reagan  USA 1911–2004
Andropov on Lubyanka.jpg Yuri Andropov  USSR 1914–1984
1984 Peter Ueberroth.jpg Peter Ueberroth  USA 1937–
1985 DengXiaoping.jpg Deng Xiaoping  People's Republic of China 1904–1997
1986 Corazon Aquino 1986.jpg Corazon C. Aquino  Philippines 1933–2009
1987 Mikhail Gorbachev 1987 Cropped.jpg Mikhail Gorbachev  USSR 1931–
1988 The Endangered Earth Planet of the Year
1989 Mikhail Gorbachev 1987 Cropped.jpg Mikhail Gorbachev  USSR 1931– Man of the Decade
1990 George H. W. Bush, President of the United States, 1989 official portrait.jpg George H. W. Bush  USA 1924–
1991 Ted Turner LF.JPG Ted Turner  USA 1938–
1992 Bill Clinton.jpg Bill Clinton  USA 1946–
1993 The Peacemakers Palestinian National Authority Palestinian Authority
 South Africa
Represented by Yasser Arafat, F.W. de Klerk, Nelson Mandela, and Yitzhak Rabin
1994 JohannesPaul2-portrait.jpg Pope John Paul II  Holy See/ Poland 1920–2005
1995 Newt Gingrich by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Newt Gingrich  USA 1943–
1996 David Ho portrait.JPG David Ho  R.O.C/ USA 1952– Scientist, AIDS researcher.
1997 Andrew Grove.jpg Andrew Grove  Hungary/ USA 1936–
1998 Bill Clinton.jpg Bill Clinton  USA 1946– Time Magazine held its first online poll to decide the Person of the Year. 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.[2][better source needed]
Starr-large (1).jpg Kenneth Starr  USA 1946–
1999 Jeff Bezos' iconic laugh.jpg Jeffrey P. Bezos  USA 1964– See also: Person of the Century
2000 George-W-Bush.jpeg George W. Bush  USA 1946–
2001 Rudy Giuliani.jpg Rudolph Giuliani  USA 1944–
2002 The Whistleblowers  USA Represented by Cynthia Cooper (WorldCom), Coleen Rowley (FBI) and Sherron Watkins (Enron)
2003 The American soldier  USA
2004 George-W-Bush.jpeg George W. Bush  USA 1946–
2005 The Good Samaritans  Ireland
Represented by Bono, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates
2006 You[3] Represented by the individual content creator on the World Wide Web
2007 Vladimir Putin official portrait.jpg Vladimir Putin[4]  Russia 1952–
2008 Official portrait of Barack Obama.jpg Barack Obama[5]  USA 1961–
2009 Ben Bernanke official portrait.jpg Ben Bernanke[6]  USA 1953–
2010 Mark Zuckerberg at the 37th G8 Summit in Deauville 037.jpg Mark Zuckerberg[7]  USA 1984–
2011 The Protester[8] 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 and Russia, among others
2012 Official portrait of Barack Obama.jpg Barack Obama[9]  USA 1961–
2013 Pope Francis in March 2013 (cropped).jpg Pope Francis[10]  Vatican City/ Argentina 1936– Elected head of the Roman Catholic Church in 2013, following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
  1. No single flag is presented for Elizabeth II as she was in 1952 the sovereign of more than one independent state, specifically the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ceylon, Pakistan and South Africa


  1. Larsen, Roy (January 5, 1970). "A Letter From The Publisher". Time.,9171,943108,00.html#ixzz1EiZ91J8D. 
  2. Mick Foley Cactus Jack Pro Wrestling Legend Media Man International
  3. Lev Grossman (13 December 2006). "You — Yes, You — Are TIME's Person of the Year". Time.,9171,1570810,00.html. Retrieved 2012–12–20. 
  4. "Person of the Year 2007". Time. 2007.,28757,1690753,00.html. Retrieved 2009–07–08. 
  5. "Person of the Year 2008". Time. 2008–12–17.,31682,1861543_1865068,00.html?cnn=yes. Retrieved 2008–12–17. 
  6. Grunwald, Michael (16 December 2009). "Person of the Year 2009". Time.,28804,1946375_1947251,00.html. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  7. Grossman, Lev (15 December 2010). "Person of the Year 2010". Time.,28804,2036683_2037183,00.html. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  8. Grunwald, Michael (14 December 2011). "Person of the Year 2011". Time. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  9. "Person of the Year 2012". Time. 2008–12–19. Retrieved 2012–12–23. 
  10. "Pope Francis, The People’s Pope". Time. 2013–12–11. Retrieved 2013–12–11.