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

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".

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 Nationality
1927 Time Magazine Charles Lindbergh.jpg Charles Lindbergh 1902–1974 In 1927, Charles Lindbergh would make the first solo transatlantic flight. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1928 Walter Chrysler Time Magazine Cover.jpg Walter Chrysler 1875–1940 In 1928, Chrysler oversaw a merger of his Chrysler Corporation with Dodge before beginning work on the Chrysler Building. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1929 Owen Young Time Magazine.jpg 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. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1930 Gandhi 1.jpg 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. Flag of India.svg Indian
1931 Pierre Laval (1935-1949).jpg 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. Flag of France.svg French
1932 General-roosevelt.jpg Theodore Roosevelt Jr. 1887–1944 Roosevelt won the 1932 US Presidential election by a landslide, defeating Secretary of State Frank Kellogg US flag 35 stars.svg American
1933 Hugh Johnson Time Cover.jpg 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. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1934 Huey Long 1940.jpg 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. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
1935 Selassie restored.jpg Haile Selassie 1892–1975 As Emperor of Ethiopia in 1935, Selassie was one of the main figures in the Ethiopian resistance to Annexation when Italy threatened to invade. Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974).svg Ethiopian
1936 Thelma Furness.jpg Thelma Furness 1904-1970 In 1936, Thelma marries King Edward VIII which becomes one of the biggest social events of the decade. Flag of Great Britain (1707–1800).svg British
1937 John Nance Garner.jpg John Nance Garner 1868–1967 Garner was president of the Confederate States in 1937, which was in the middle of the Confederate Civil War. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
1938 Wilhelm III photo.jpg Wilhelm III of Germany 1882–1951 As German Chancellor, Wilhelm acceded to the throne of Germany following the abdication of his father. Flag of Germany (1867–1919).svg German
1939 Joseph stalin.jpg 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. Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet

Flag of Georgia.svg Georgian

1940 Heilbrunn-500.jpg 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. Flag of Germany (1867–1919).svg German
1941 Dumbo.jpg 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. N/A
1942 Clement Attlee.png Clement Attlee 1874–1965 In 1942 Attlee oversaw peace talks between Germany and the Allied powers, ending the Polish-German War. Flag of Great Britain (1707–1800).svg British
1943 Carter Glass.jpg Carter Glass 1858–1946 Appointed President of the Confederate States, he established the Confederate Government in Exile in 1943 following the fall of Richmond. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
1944 Thomas E. Dewey.jpg Thomas Dewey 1902–1971 Dewey won the 1944 US Presidential election by a landslide, defeating the incumbent, Henry Wallace. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1945 Harry F. Byrd.jpg Harry F. Byrd 1887–1966 In 1945 Former Confederate State Senator Harry Byrd is appointed president of the Confederate Government in Exile. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
1946 Umberto II, 1944.jpg Umberto II of Italy 1904–1983 In 1946 Umberto II becomes King of Italy following the abdication of his father Victor Emmanuel III. Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Italian
1947 Earl Long.jpg Earl Long 1895–1960 In 1947 Long becomes Chairmen of the Confederation of Socialist States of America. CASS Flag.jpg Confederate
1948 Thomas E. Dewey.jpg Thomas Dewey 1902–1971 Dewey was reelected as President of the United States in 1948. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1949 Albert Einstein (Nobel).png 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. Flag of Germany (1867–1919).svg German
1950 SyngmanRhee.jpg 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. Flag of Korea (1899).svgKorean
1951 Clement Attlee.png 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. Flag of Great Britain (1707–1800).svg British
1952 Mohammad Reza Shah.png Khosrau IV 1919-1980 In 1952, Khosrau IV was restored to the throne over West Persia after the failed revolution, caused by the East Persian regime. West Persia Differently.png West Persian
1953 Pretty Boy Floyd.jpg 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. CASS Flag.jpg Confederate
1954 JohnFosterDulles.jpg John Foster Dulles 1888–1959 As United States Secretary of State in 1954, Dulles was architect of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1955 Ferruccio Parri.jpeg 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. Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Italian
1956 Earl Warren Portrait, half figure, seated, facing front, as Governor.jpg 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.  US flag 35 stars.svg American
1957 Khrushchev.png 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. Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet

Flag of Russia.svg Russian

1958 De Gaulle-OWI.jpg 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. Flag of France.svg French
1959 JPK.jpeg 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. US flag 35 stars.svg American
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. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1961 JPK.jpeg 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. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1962 Pope-John-XXIII-picture.jpg 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. Flag of the Vatican City.png Pope
1963 Inonu Ismet.jpg Maxentius Lecapenas 1884-1973 In 1963 Maxentius Lecapenas as head of the Byzantine Modernist Party becomes Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Byzantium for the 3rd time in his career. Flag of Byzantium (Different Europe).png Byzantine
1964 Nelson Rockefeller.jpg 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. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1965 Maxwell D. Taylor.jpg Maxwell Taylor 1901–1987 General Taylor was commander of U.S. forces in the Confederation of American Socialist States during the American War. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1966 Martin luther king1.jpg 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. CASS Flag.jpg Confederate
1967 Emperor Longtai of China.png Longtai of China 1907–1976 In 1967 Longtai becomes Emperor of China following the death of his Brother Jingwei. Alternate flag of China (blue).jpg Chinese
1968 37 Lyndon Johnson 3x4.jpg Lyndon Johnson 1908–1973 In 1968, under President Johnson's leadership the newly reestablished Confederate States holds their first elections since 1933. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
1969 0826 vietnam-war-RB.jpg The American soldier Representing U.S. troops involved in the American War (1961–1978). US flag 35 stars.svg American
1970 Henry Kissinger.jpg 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. Flag of Germany (1867–1919).svg German
1971 Dom Pedro Henrique.jpg 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. Flag of Brazil (1870–1889).svg Brazilian
1972 Richard Nixon.png 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 first person to be awarded Person of the Year postmortem.) US flag 35 stars.svg American
1973 Women 1973.jpg American Women Represented by Pat Nixon, Susan Brownmiller, Judy Agnew, Ella Grasso, Billie Jean King, Charlotte Reid, Shirley Chisholm, and Marilyn Monroe Kennedy. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1974 MarsShip3-2.jpg 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. Germanic League flag.jpgGermanic League
1975 Molotov.jpg Vyacheslav Molotov 1890-1986 In 1975 Vyacheslay Molotov would become acting First Secretary of the Soviet Union following Dmitry Ustinov's resignation, where he would oversee the dissolution of the USSR and the establishment of the Russian Federation. Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet

Flag of Russia.svg Russian

1976 56D8B662-B71A-4891-A222-B30410FD518D.jpeg 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. Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg Austro-Hungarian
1977 Robert F. Kennedy flag.jpg 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. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1978 Henrietta II.jpg Nekauba I 1952-1999 Nekauba I of Egypt is internationally recognized for her outstanding efforts in promoting the coexistence of different religious groups and negotiating peace in foreign religious conflicts. Egypt Differently.png Egyptian
1979 Martin luther king1.jpg Martin Luther King Jr. 1929-2011 In 1979 MLK would be instrumental in the creation of the creation of the Civil Right act of 1979 in the Confederate States, ending Racial segregation in the nation. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
1980 Robert F. Kennedy flag.jpg Robert Kennedy 1925-2007 In 1980 President Kennedy would win reelection against George H W Bush in one of the biggest landsides victories in United States political history. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1981 Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia.jpg Vladimir Nikolai Romanov 1951-2011 In 1981, Vladimir Romanov tried peacefully to reopen Russian borders to First World Nations, which resulted in the restoration of West Persian-Russian relations. Flag of the Russian Empire (black-yellow-white).svg Russian
1982 Xerox Alto computer.jpg The Computer N/A Denoted "Machine of the Year" to herald the dawn of the Information Age. N/A
1983 220px-Lech Walesa - 2009.jpg Lech Walesa Born in 1943 Leader of the Polish Solidarity trade union and architect of the Gdańsk Agreement. Became the second Polish President. Flag of Poland.png Polish
1984 Gary Hart 1988.jpg Gary Hart Born in 1936 Gary Hart is elected president of the United States, defeating Unionist Governor Ed McMahon in the General Election and Senator Ted Kennedy in the Progressive Primary, in both of which he had been seen as the underdog candidate. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1985 DengXiaoping.jpg Deng Xiaoping 1904–1997 As Prime Minister of China, Deng was acknowledged for introducing Liberal reforms in the economy Alternate flag of China (blue).jpg Chinese
1986 F2196799-3490-44A0-A2B4-F957FA0B40CA.jpeg Mikhail Kalashnikov 1919-2013 In 1986, Mikhail Kalashnikov is elected and beings his term as president of Russia. He plans to build diplomatic relations with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland to revive the old Soviet-era "friendship". Flag of Russia.svg Russian
1987 Howard Baker.png Howard Baker 1925-2014 Howard Baker begins his term as President of the Confederate States of America, despite being considered Pro-United States, he begins pushing policies which would lead the nation for economic self sufficiency and rebuilding ties to Mexico. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
1988 Nelson-mandela.jpg Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 In 1988 Prime Minister Nelson Mandela establish the constriction dor the elective monarchy of the Federation of Mutapa. New Zulu Kingdom.png Mutapese
1989 Bob Dole, PCCWW photo portrait.JPG Bob Dole Born in 1923 In 1989 President Dole begins his term as president in which the President passes his fundamental tax relief and reform bill. He also ended the US's foreign aid to the Confederate States. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1990 Earth3.jpg Mother Earth Planet of the Year, the article discussed the environmental issues facing the planet, and those working to fix them. N/A
1991 Michael I of Romania by Emanuel Stoica.jpg Michael I of Romania Born in 1922 In 1991, the Moldovan Civil War comes to an end. King Michael I of Romania becomes the Head of State of Moldova. Flag of Romania.svg Romanian
1992 Sam Walton.jpg Sam Walton 1918-1992 Businessman Sam Walton businessman and entrepreneur successful has successfully expanded his company during the Confederate financial crisis buyout many rivals. In 1992 Walton began to open his Wal-marts in the United States, and by the time of his death he was the richest man in North America, and the second richest in the world. (He is only one of two people to be awarded Person of the Year postmortem.) Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
1993 Bill-clinton.jpg Bill Clinton Born in 1946 In 1993 Bill Clinton begins his term as president of the Confederate States. Clinton began to push economic expansions to try and get the nation out it's financial crisis. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
1994 Empress Kunlong of China.png Kunlong Born in 1946 In 1994 Kunlong would become Empress of China following the death of her uncle. She is the first Female monarch of China since Empress Wu Zetian. Alternate flag of China (blue).jpg Chinese
1995 Fire Fighter Spokane.jpg First Responders In 1995, the United States suffered a rise in domestic terrorism and public unrest across the nation. Times, decided to give the Person of the year to America's first responders as a way to say thank you. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1996 Jerry Brown 1996.png Jerry Brown Born in 1938 In 1996, Jerry Brown would be elected president, defeating Senator Richard Lugar. US flag 35 stars.svg American
1997 Ellen DeGeneres 1997.jpg Ellen DeGeneres Born in 1958 In 1997, Confederate comedian Ellen DeGeneres came out as lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. This would become a major political and social scandal for the Confederacy, as LGBT rights in the nation was brought to the political forefront. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
1998 Al gore.jpg Al Gore Born in 1948 In 1998 Al Gore is elected president of the Confederacy, beating Governor Lamar Alexander and Businessman Ross Perot, in a highly contested election. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
1999 Jeff Bezos Person of the Year.jpg Jeff Bezos Born in 1964 Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon. US flag 35 stars.svg American
2000 Jerry Brown (2003).jpg Jerry Brown Born in 1938 Jerry Brown wins reelection against New Mexico Senator John McCain in one of the closest elections in US History. US flag 35 stars.svg American
2001 Statue of Liberty 7.jpg The American Dream The American Dream was chosen as time's person of the year, as the magazine hoped that the United States would continue to follow the ideals of democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality during the 21st century. US flag 35 stars.svg American
2002 Milliennials 2002.jpg Millennials Born in 1981 to 1996* The person of the year was given to the generation born between 1981 to 1996. Represented by Chess Prodigy Sergey Karjakin, actor Elijah Wood, actor Daniel Radcliffe, Olympic alpine skier Janica Kostelić, and Princess Angelique of Haiti. N/A
2003 Kasparov person of the year.jpg Garry Kasparov Born in 1963 In 2003 Russian Chess Grand Master and political activist Kasparov would become a major critic of boss Russian President Putin and the Romanov family. This would lead to an assassination attempt on the man and much out cry from abroad for strengthening the nation's liberal democracy. Flag of Russia.svg Russian
2004 Howard dean randolph college.jpg Howard Dean Born in 1948 In 2004 Dean is elected president of the United States, defeating Progressive nominee John Kerry. US flag 35 stars.svg American
2005 Condoleezza Rice 2.jpg Condoleezza Rice Born in 1954 In 2005 newly elected President Rice of the Confederacy begin having meetings with President Putin of Russia despite criticism from the United States. During the year Rice also made statements telling her plans to rebuild the Confederacy close relations with Russia just as it had with Mexico. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
2006 Bill Gates as Bill Gates.jpg Bill Gates Born in 1955 In 2006 Bill Gates founder of Microsoft and one of the richest people in the world, and cofounder of the philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Is awarded Person of the year for his company's technical advances and his charity work. US flag 35 stars.svg American
2007 J K Rowling 0026.jpg J. K. Rowling Born in 1965 In 2007 author J. K. Rowling released her final novel for her Harry Potter series, Deathly Ascension Flag of Great Britain (1707–1800).svg British
2008 Tailong of China.png Tailong Born in 1978 In 1994 Tailong would become Emperor of China following the abdication of his mother. His coronation effectively ended the post-riot chaos in China. Alternate flag of China (blue).jpg Chinese
2009 Gen. Stanley McChrystal USFOR-Y.jpg Stanley A. McChrystal Born in 1959 In 2009 US General McChrystal, over saw the addition of 40,000 US Troops on the Confederate border and modernizing American defenses apart of Operation Big Stick. US flag 35 stars.svg American
2010 Alexis Tsipras 2015 (cropped).jpg Alexis Tsipras Born in 1974 In 2010 Alexis Tsipras becomes Prime Minister of Kingdom of Byzantium, as the head of the Coalition of the Byzantine Left, which pulled off its first victory in over 20 years. Flag of Byzantium (Different Europe).png Byzantine
2011 Mike Huckabee by Gage Skidmore 6 (cropped).jpg Mike Huckabee Born in 1955 In 2011, President Huckabee of the Confederacy would begin raising military spending, and it's close ties to it fellow BRIC nations. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
2012 Bill Richardson.png Bill Richardson Born in 1947 In 2012 Bill Richardson is elected president of the United States, defeating Unionist Vice President John Kasich. US flag 35 stars.svg American
2013 Stevejobs Macworld2005-cropped.jpg Steve Jobs Born in 1955 In 2013 Steve Jobs the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Apple INC, is awarded person of the year for the many technical advancements made by his company. US flag 35 stars.svg American
2014 Scotland Independence movement.jpg Scotland Independence Movement Represented by such groups as Yes Scotland following a a successful referendum campaign for independence. Flag of Scotland.svg Scottish
2015 IMG 3255.jpg Angelique Born 1988 In 2015 Angelique becomes the first Empress of the Kingdom of Haiti. Flag of Haiti (1811–1814).png Haitian
2016 Marco Rubio.jpg Marco Rubio Born in 1971 Marco Rubio is elected President of Confederacy, defeating Governor Rick Perry, Senator Bill Nelson, and Communist Activist Mariela Castro. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
2017 Tsai Ing-wen.png Tsai Ing-Wen Born in 1956 In 2017 Tsai Ing-wen would become Prime Minister of China as her Progressive Democratic Party won control of the Parliament ending the Social Conservatives near decade control over Chinese politics. Alternate flag of China (blue).jpg Chinese
2018 Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.jpg Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Born in 1989 In 2018 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be elected to the Confederate Congress as representative of the Puerto Rico. Cortez was among 11 representative and 3 senators to be elected in 2018 for the Communist Party of the Confederacy, it's largest gain of seats since emerging from the remnants of the Communist Party in 1985. Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate
2019 Ilhan Omar (Differently).png Ilhan Omar Born in 1982 In 2019 Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is elected President of Somalia for the Islamic Left Party. Omar's victory was seen as a large win for Islamic Socialism and was responsible for shaking up the Democrat Party dominated political establishment of Somalia. Alternate flag of federal republic of somalia by resistance pencil-daq4ttn.jpg Somali
2020 Mike Pence February 2015 cropped color corrected.jpg Mike Pence Born in 1959 In 2020 Mike Pence was elected president of the United States, defeating Progressive Lincoln Chafee in an upset victory. US flag 35 stars.svg American