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Time Magazine List[]


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 for 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, a person, group of people, and in two special cases, an invention and the planet Earth, has been selected for the special year end issue. In 1999, the title was changed to Person of the Year in an effort to be more inclusive, and avoid purportedly sexist phraseology. However, the only women to win the renamed recognition so far were those recognized as The Whistleblowers (2002) and Melinda Gates (jointly with Bill Gates and Bono in 2005). Four women were granted the title when it was still Man of the Year: Wallis Simpson in 1936, Soong May-ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek) in 1937, Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, and Corazon Aquino in 1986. Nevertheless, women would also be included in several groups, namely Hungarian Freedom Fighter in 1956, U.S. scientists in 1960, Twenty-Five and Under in 1966, The Middle Americans in 1969, American Women in 1975, The American Soldier in 2003, and You in 2006.

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, Herbert Hoover (the presidents who were in office at the time of the first issue and the term immediately following it, respectively) and Gerald Ford.

The December 31, 1999, issue of Time named Albert Einstein the Person of the Century. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi were chosen as runners-up.

Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only person to have received the title 3 times - in 1932, 1934 and 1941.


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, those such as Adolf Hitler in 1938, and Joseph Stalin in 1939 and again in 1942, and the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, have also been granted the title.

In 1998, professional wrestler Mick Foley led the online poll to be voted Time Man of the Year however he was removed as a candidate after Time felt he had not done enough to deserve the accolade.

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 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.

Another criticized choice was the 2006 selection of You, representing most if not all people for advancing the information age by using the Internet (via blogs, YouTube, MySpace and Wikipedia). Slate labeled the selection as just stupid; however, several other selections have contained large groups, if more discriminate.

Note: with background color       and bold are same that OTL.
Year Choice Picture Lifetime Notes
2000 Flag of the United States George W. Bush Official portrait of George W. Bush 1946-2002 First winner to be a relative of a former winner  
2001 File:Flag of ?.png ? File:? ?  
2002 Flag of the United States Gale Ann Norton Norton b. 1954 First female president of USA. President by sucesion line  
2003 Flag of the United States The American Soldier File:USsoldiers.jepg - Abstract choice; 2nd time chosen  
2004 Flag of the United States Richard B.Myers Myers b. 1942 First president of USA not on Democratic or Republic Parties  
2005 Flag of the United States Flag of Ireland The Good Samaritans File:PictureTime2005.png Represented by Bono, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates  
2006 You File:PictureTime2006.png A salute to the individual content creator on the World Wide Web  
2007 Flag of Russia Vladimir Putin File:Vladimir Putin.png b. 1952 President of Russia 2 times, now Prime Minister of Russia  
2008 Flag of the United States Barack Obama File:Flag Barack Obama.png First Black president of USA  
2009 Flag of Costa Rica (state) ? ? ?  

Le Monde diplomatique List[]


It now supports a variety of left-wing causes :

Newspaper also takes an important role in the organisation of the 2001 Porto Alegre World Social Forum. After the January 29, 2002/State of the Union attacks and the Second Gulf War starting in 2003 under the George W. Bush administration, Le Monde diplomatique continues its position of criticizing the US policy of violent intervention in the Middle East and the neoconservative' project to reshape the so-called "Greater Middle East" region.

After 6 years (1995-2000) of continue american "Man/Person of the Year" in the Time magazine, Le Diplo do her own list, more international more european, title in latin "Persona Annum"
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