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Person of the Year (called Man of the Year or Woman of the Year until 1999) is an annual issue of the United States news magazine Time that features and profiles a person, a group, an idea, or an object that "for better or for worse has done the most to influence the events of the year".
Time Magazine Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh on the cover as the first winner of Time Magazine's Man of the Year Award. (1927)

Background

The tradition of selecting a "Man of the Year" began in 1927, with Time editors contemplating the news makers of the years. 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.


Persons of the Year

Year Image or Cover Choice Life time Notes
1927 Time Magazine Charles Lindbergh Charles Lindbergh 1902–1974 First solo transatlantic flight.
1928 Walter Chrysler Time Magazine Cover Walter Chrysler 1875–1940 In 1928, Chrysler oversaw a merger of his Chrysler Corporation with Dodge before beginning work on the Chrysler Building.
1929 Owen Young Time Magazine Owen D. Young 1874–1962 Young chaired a committee which authored 1929's Young Plan, a program for settlement of German reparations after the Great War.
1930 Gandhi 1 Mahatma Gandhi 1869–1948 Gandhi was the leader of India's 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 (1935-1949) Pierre Laval 1869–1949 Laval was first elected Prime Minister of France in 1931. Laval was popular in the American press at the time for opposing the Lowden Moratorium, a temporary freeze on Great War debt payments that was disliked in both France and the US.
1932 General-roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Jr. 1887–1944 Roosevelt won the 1932 US Presidential election by a landslide, defeating Vice President, Charles G. Dawes.
1933 Hugh Johnson Time Cover Hugh Johnson 1882–1942 In 1933 Johnson was appointed director of the National Recovery Administration. US President Roosevelt gave him the task of bringing industry, labor and government together to create codes of "fair practices" and set prices.
1934 Huey Long 1940 Huey Long 1893–1935 Long was president of the Confederate States from 1933 to 1935, and was pushing his progressive reform policies known as Share Our Wealth in 1934.
1935 Selassie restored Haile Selassie 1892–1975 Selassie was Emperor of Ethiopia in 1935.
1936 220px-Wallis and Edward Wallis Simpson 1896–1986 In 1936, Simpson's relationship with King Edward VIII led the king to abdicate his throne in order to marry her.
1937 John Nance Garner John Nance Garner 1868–1967 Garner was president of the Confederate States in 1937, which was in the middle of the Confederate Civil War.
1938 Wilhelm III photo Wilhelm III of Germany 1882–1951 As German Chancellor, Wilhelm acceded to the throne of Germany following the abdication of his father.
1939 Joseph stalin Joseph Stalin 1878–1953 In 1939, Stalin was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and de facto leader of the Soviet Union.
1940 Heilbrunn-500 Adolf Hitler 1889–1962 By 1940 Hitler's Pan-Germanic cultural movement "Hitlerism" had spread throughout Europe and had even lead to Sweden joining Germany in the Polish-German War.
1941 Dumbo Dumbo Because of the war in Europe and in the Confederate States, Time Magazine decided to try to uplift the American Spirit by giving Disney's cartoon elephant Dumbo the title of Mammal of the Year.
1942 Clement Attlee Clement Attlee 1874–1965 In 1942 Attlee oversaw peace talks between Germany and the Allied powers, ending the Polish-German War.
1943 Carter Glass Carter Glass 1858–1946 Appointed President of the Confederate States, he established the Confederate Government in Exile in 1943 following the fall of Richmond.
1944 Thomas E. Dewey Thomas Dewey 1902–1971 Dewey won the 1944 US Presidential election by a landslide, defeating the incumbent, Henry Wallace.
1945 Harry F. Byrd Harry F. Byrd 1887–1966 In 1945 Former Confederate State Senator Harry Byrd is appointed president of the Confederate Government in Exile.
1946 Umberto II, 1944 Umberto II of Italy 1904–1983 In 1946 Umberto II becomes King of Italy following the abdication of his father Victor Emmanuel III.
1947 Earl Long Earl Long 1895–1960 In 1947 Long becomes Chairmen of the Confederation of Socialist States of America.
1948 Thomas E. Dewey Thomas Dewey 1902–1971 Dewey was reelected as President of the United States in 1948.
1949 Albert Einstein (Nobel) Albert Einstein 1879–1955 In 1949 Einstein had been working on the possibility of using nuclear fission as a new power source for the later half of the century.
1950 SyngmanRhee Syngman Rhee 1875–1965 Prime Minister of Korea Syngman Rhee is awarded Man of the Year for his works in industrializing the nation in 1950.
1951 Clement Attlee Clement Attlee 1883–1967 In 1951, Prime Minister Clement Attlee of the United Kingdom would have his famed A Nightmare Manifested speech in Toronto, in which he criticized the United State's continuous occupation of former Canadian territories won during the Anglo American War. Later that year, Clement met with CSSA Chairmen Earl Long, and continued to serve as Prime Minister following the general election that October.
1952 Mohammad Reza Shah Mohammad Reza Shah 1919-1980 In 1952, Mohammad Reza Shah was restored to the Throne over West Persia after the failed revolution, caused by the East Persian regime.
1953 Pretty Boy Floyd Charles Arthur Floyd 1904–1963 In 1953 Chairman Floyd of the CASS had begun purges through the government and military. As well as beginning military modernization and armament production.
1954 JohnFosterDulles John Foster Dulles 1888–1959 As United States Secretary of State in 1954, Dulles was architect of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.
1955 Ferruccio Parri Ferruccio Parri 1890–1981 In 1955, Ferruccio Parri the former Prime Minister of Italy, becomes the first General Secretary of the Latin League an organization which he was instrumental part of it's creation.
1956 Earl Warren Portrait, half figure, seated, facing front, as Governor Earl Warren 1891–1974 Earl Warren is reelected President of the United States in 1956. Earlier that year, Warren allowed the referendum votes in the US-occupied territories of Canada. 
1957 Khrushchev Nikita Khrushchev 1894–1971 In 1957, Khrushchev 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 De Gaulle-OWI Charles de Gaulle 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 JPK Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. 1915–1963 In 1959 Vice President Joseph P. Kennedy would have his famed Sokolniki Debate with Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev which became a major media event for the United States.
1960 U.S. Scientists Represented by George Beadle, Charles Draper, John Enders, Donald A. Glaser, Joshua Lederberg, Willard Libby, Linus Pauling, Edward Purcell, James Van Allen, and Robert Woodward.
1961 JPK Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. 1915–1963 Kennedy was inaugurated as President of the United States in 1961, he also ordered the US invasion of the CASS starting the American War.
1962 Pope-John-XXIII-picture Pope John XXIII 1881–1963 John XXIII was head of the Roman Catholic Church from 1958 to 1963. In 1962, he volunteered to serve as a mediator in the American War, hoping to end the conflict. He also initiated the Second Vatican Council that same year.
1963 250px-Curtis LeMay (USAF) Curtis LeMay 1906–1990 In 1963 USAF Chief of Staff Curtis LaMay was responsible for the directing the massive carpet bombings of cities remaining loyal to the Confederation following the assassination of President Kennedy. (Among the casualties of these bombing is CASS Chairman Charles Floyd.)
1964 Nelson Rockefeller Nelson Rockefeller 1908–1979 Rockefeller was elected in his own right as President of the United States in 1964, before securing the passage of the Civil Rights Act, escalating U.S. involvement in the War against Communism.
1965 Maxwell D. Taylor Maxwell Taylor 1901–1987 General Taylor was commander of U.S. forces in the Confederation of American Socialist States during the American War.
1966 Martin luther king1 Martin Luther King Jr. 1929–2011 In 1966 Religious and Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King returns back to Dixie after spending half a decade in exile in the United States. Also during this year MLK would give his Dream for the Nation speech.
1967 Aisin Gioro Pujie Pujie of China 1907–1994 In 1967 Pujie becomes Emperor of China following the death of his Brother Puyi.
1968 37 Lyndon Johnson 3x4 Lyndon Johnson 1908–1973 In 1968, under President Johnson's leadership the newly reestablished Confederate States holds their first elections since 1933.
1969 0826 vietnam-war-RB The American soldier Representing U.S. troops involved in the American War (1961–1978).
1970 Henry Kissinger Heinz Kissinger Born in 1923 In 1970 Heinz Kissinger term as General Secretary of the German League would come to an end, later that year he would become Chancellor of the German Empire. He was the first Jewish General Secretary for the Germanic League and, the first Jewish Chancellor for the German Empire.
1971 Dom Pedro Henrique Pedro III of Brazil 1909–1981 In 1971 Emperor Pedro III of Brazil celebrated his golden jubilee for his reign of 50 years, which was one of the major social events of the decade.
1972 Richard Nixon Richard Nixon 1913–1972 As President of the United States, Nixon visited Moscow in 1972, the first sitting U.S. President to do so. Nixon later secured the SALT I pact with the Soviet Union before his assassination in November of that year. (He is the only person to be awarded Person of the Year postmortem.)
1973 Women 1973 American Women Represented by Pat Nixon, Susan Brownmiller, Judy Agnew, Ella Grasso, Billie Jean King, Charlotte Reid, Shirley Chisholm, and Marilyn Monroe Kennedy.
1974 MarsShip3-2 European Mars Space Mission. In 1974 Germanic League's Space Mission would become the first humans to reach another planet with the landing on Mars.
1975 Molotov Vyacheslav Molotov 1890-1986 In 1975 Vyacheslay Molotov would become acting First Secretary of the Soviet Union following Leonid Brezhnev resignation, where he would oversee the dissolution of the USSR and the establishment of the Russian Federation.
1976 56D8B662-B71A-4891-A222-B30410FD518D Sándor Kocsis 1929-2010 In 1976 Sándor Kocsis is elected General Secretary of the Germanic League, which he began the process of overseeing the distribution of money to help newly non-communist nations.
1977 Robert F. Kennedy flag Robert Kennedy 1925-2007 In 1977 the newly elected US President, began working on finally ending the American War beginning peace talks between himself, along side President Jimmy Carter, with Chairmen Fidel Castro in the State of Cuba.
1978 Fuad II of Egypt Caesarion XXXI 1952-1999 Caesarion XXXI becomes pharaoh of Egypt following the end of the People’s Republic of Egyptian Provinces.
1979 Martin luther king1 Martin Luther King Jr. 1929-2011 In 1979 MLK would begin the famed Peace Train tour across the Confederate States trying to push for reforms in race relations and faith building in the nation.
1980 Robert F. Kennedy flag Robert Kennedy 1925-2007 In 1980 President Kennedy would win reelection in one of the biggest landsides victories in United States political history.
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