Time magazine’s Person of the Year issue (formerly known as Man of the Year) is an annual issue with a specific person as a main focus article and cover image of the magazine. The Person of the Year issue is a public statement that the individual or group who are the focus have made the biggest impact during that year and have rightfully shifted immense focus on themselves. The individual or group on the cover of this issue are there for a variety of reasons, not necessarily in a positive light; the main criteria for being chosen as Person of the Year, is the amount of influence and effect that they had on the world that year.
1927 | Charles Lindbergh
The first issue of the Person of the Year was published in 1927. The magazine chose Charles Lindbergh because he was the fist person to fly a plane on his own on a direct course from New York to Paris with no stops in between. Today that may seem an easy feat, but back then that was the most mind altering reality. This was the beginning of international commercial flights as we know it.
1928 | Walter Chrysler
In New York City there are several sky scrapers that are incredibly famous; one is the Empire State Building, and the other is called the Chrysler Building. In 1928, Walter Chrysler began building what we know today as the Chrysler Building in honor of his company’s, Chrysler Corporation’s merger with Dodge. The Chrysler Corporation, was and still is an automobile manufacturing company; hence their merger with Dodge, yet another automobile company.
1929 | Owen D. Young
Owen D. Young was the chairman of the committee that created the 1929 Young Plan, which purpose was for the settlement of German reparations post World War I. Owen was also the former chairman of Radio Corporation of America (RCA). This plan was to make sure that all parties that were defeated during the World War would pay the allies funds; this agreement was made during the Paris Peace Conference.
1930 | Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi was the head of the independence movement in India. His most memorable move, and the reason for him being on the cover in 1930 was because that very year he lead the Salt Satyagraha on a 240 mile journey in protest of the additional taxes on salt by the British Raj who was in power at the time. His movement made enough of an impression to change the course of the year, and make Gandhi a force to worship.
1931 | Pierre Laval
Pierre Laval was France’s first Prime Minister. The reason for his popularity in the United States was due to his opposition on the matter of the Hoover Moratorium, which was basically a cease and desist for the World War I reparations, that both the United States and France did not want or like. Laval’s term was from 1931 to 1932 and again in 1935 to 1936. After his presence as the leader of France, he took to serve in the Vichy Regime.
1932 | Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States, from 1933 to 1945. He won the presidency from Herbert Hoover in what is still called a landslide victory on Roosevelt’s part. His handle on the United States while the world was going through yet another World War was the reason he was in the Person of the Year cover a staggering total of 3 times – 1932, 1934 and 1941.
1933 | Hugh S. Johnson
During this year, Hugh S. Johnson, who at the time was the directory of the National Recovery Administration, was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to manage all correlation between industry, labor and government. The president understood that in order for the country to work smoothly, there needs to be utter communication and transparency between these internal organizations. This is where a form of a union was created.
1935 | Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie held the position of Emperor of Ethiopia in the year 1935. He was in power when Italy infiltrated Ethiopia and threw itself into the Second Italo-Abyssinian War. Selassie was Emperor from 1930 to 1974; it was during this war that he condemned the Italian troops for using chemical warfare on the people and took his matter to the United Nations, being the first leader to do so in the African nation.
1936 | Wallis Simpson
In 1936, Wallis Simpson was in a relationship with King Edward VIII, whose title was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India. When he wanted to marry Wallis the royal family would not not hear of it unless he would abdicate the throne. For his love for Wallis, Edward abdicated the throne and married her. This whole ordeal was so foreign to the royal family that it made a very big splash that year.
1937 | Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek was the Premier of the Republic of China when the Second Seino-Japanese War broke out in 1937. On the cover this year he is shown with his wife, Soong Mei-ling, who the magazine addressed as Madame Chiang Kai-Shek. The two were given the honor of the cover in 1937 together – so the title is basically, Man and Wife of the Year.
1938 | Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler may be one of the most loathed men that ever lived, but he did in fact impact the world in a way that never recovered. His cover in 1938, seemed appropriate due to his influence on Germany and his almost single-handed uprising of World War II. Adolf was the German Chancellor at the time, and oversaw the conjoining of Germany and Austria. In 1938 he got the cover for that act rather than his influence on the German nation.
1939 | Joseph Stalin
In the year 1939, Joseph Stalin held the position of General Secretary of the Communist Party and leader of the Soviet Union. He liked what Hitler was suggesting with his influence and war propaganda, and therefore signed a non-aggression pact with him (also known as Nazi Germany) right before he himself invaded eastern Poland that very same year. There are those who say Hitler and Stalin were two forms of the same man, both of which were brilliant but evil.
1940 | Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill held the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1950 to 1955. His earlier term coincided with the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation and the Battle of Britain; both of which greatly impacted the history and political stance of the United Kingdom, both of which were under the rule of George VI and Elizabeth II.
1943 | George Marshall
In 1943, World War II was reigning terror practically on the world as a whole – truly like its name. George Marshall was a United States army chief of staff during that year, and he took it upon himself to help organize and deploy every piece of American aid and military intelligence to help defeat the Nazis and help the allies end World War II. For this he was so instrumental that this cover was to truly honor his strength and organization.
1944 | Dwight D. Eisenhower
Before Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, he was known as General Eisenhower. Eisenhower was Supreme Allied Commander stationed in Europe during the 1944 Operation Overlord. His station there was invaluable to the United States, without which the United States achievements in Europe would not have been as successful. Later on after this station, Eisenhower the first Supreme Commander of NATO.
1945 | Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman was the one leader to approve the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945. Truman entered the presidency after Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away that year. Therefore he had the authority to approve the use of the atomic bomb on the Japanese territories during World War II. Truman’s action then reverberated through history, leaving a scar on Japan and a a legacy for the United States.
1946 | James F. Byrnes
James Byrnes gave a mighty speech in 1946 in regards to the United States position on the Iran Crisis. Byrnes was the Secretary of State at the time and although it was rather unheard of to oppose Russia, Byrnes did exactly that when he went the opposite way from Stalin’s approach. His speech, we he titled, Restatement of Policy on Germany, set precedent for much of the United States’ future policies.
1950 | The American fighting-man
This cover was in honor of all the men who were sent to the Korean War in 1950. The war lasted three years and one month, but was considered one of the most violent wars in of that time that wasn’t a World War, taking the lives of American troops in its wake. The cover of the Person, or in this case People of the Year was an ode to the many Americans fighting overseas, and dying for their country.
1951 | Mohammad Mossadegh
Mohammad Mossafegh was elected to be the Prime Minister of Iran in 1951. He used his power to then to remove all foreign oil companies from the region in order to gain their own; this is what started the Abadan Crisis. The Abadan Crisis happened between the years 1951 and 1954, after Iran took governmental control over the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) and removed Western oil companies from oil refineries in the Iranian city of Abadan.
1952 | Elizabeth II
On June 2nd 1953, Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne of England after her father, King George VI passed away. Elizabeth was 25 years old when she ascended the throne. These days she is officially the longest reigning monarch in history, being Queen for a staggering 64 years. The reason for the Queen’s cover in 1952 was because of her father’s death a year earlier. Her mother, Queen Mary died in March 1953 but stated in her will that her death was not to bother the ascension preparations.
1953 | Konrad Adenauer
On the backend of World War II, Konrad Adenauer was re-elected for the position of Chancellor of West Germany. He took West Germany, a new status at the time, from a wrecked post-war mess to a creative and flourishing nation that linked itself in a positive way to France, the United States and the United Kingdom, unlike the way things were done before. Konrad did what many considered impossible and revived the economy in a way never thought possible.
1954 | John Foster Dulles
John was featured on the cover of the magazine for the Person of the Year due to his contribution to the United States as the role of Secretary of State in 1954. Dulles was the brains behind the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization. SEATO as it is known, was an international organization for collective defense in Southeast Asia. John was Secretary of State during the Eisenhower presidency and was thought to be one of the best Secretary of State’s due to his forward thinking.
1955 | Harlow Curtice
Halow Curtice was the President of General Motors, known today as GM. He was president of the company from 1953 until 1958. GM is still one of the top grossing automobile companies in the world. They sold over five million cars in 1955 (an unheard of amount) gaining a capital of over $1 billion in one year. Curtis got the cover the title of Person of the Year for his presidency during the year of great impact in the automobile industry.
1956 | The Hungarian freedom fighter
For the second time since TIME started with the Person of the Year issue, a group was the one selected to be the focal point of the issue (the first time was in 1950 for the troops fighting in the Korean War). This time the group was the Hungarian freedom fighters, who represented the Hungarian revolutionaries who took part in the unsuccessful 1956 uprising. The uprising, which started as a student demonstration, was a national revolt against the USSR’s policies imposed on the nations people.
1957 | Nikita Khrushchev
Nikita Khrushchev was the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964. In 1957, Khrushchev was responsible for the “de-Stalinization” of the Soviet Union. There were many who tried to have him removed from office as they thought he posed a threat, but his work was what helped the Soviet Union enter the Space Race with their launch of Sputnik 1.
1958 | Charles de Gaulle
Charles De Gaulle was the Prime Minister of France from 1958 through 1959. The reason for his honor in this issue was due to the fact that after the collapse of the Fourth Republic and the creation of the Fifth Republic of France, Charles De Gaulle was named Preside of France the following year, in January 1959. This was the first time in the history of the country that a this for of ascension took place within government.
1960 | U.S. Scientists
The 1960 Person of the Year issue is once again Persons of the Year. This issue honors the U.S. Scientists, who are 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. These men were honored for their hand in progressing America’s hand in the scientific community.
1961 | John F. Kennedy
1961 was the year the John F. Kennedy was inaugurated to be the 35th President of the United States. That same year he sanctioned the unsuccessful invasion of Cuba by former Cuban nationals who were trained by the US Special Forces. Kennedy was only president for 2 years before being assassinated in 1963; which was also a historically tragic event that left many American’s in utter shock and sent his Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson to be the Commander in Chief.
1962 | Pope John XXIII
Pope John XXIII was the head of the Roman Catholic Church between the years 1959 and 1963. He was given the cover of the Person of the Year issue because of his involvement with the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. His involvement was because of his volunteering to be the mediator in the sensitive situation. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, when the US talking about deploying their ballistic missiles from Europe and the Soviet Union from their’s in Cuba (hence the name). The Pope’s volunteer invitation was highly respected by both parties involved.
1963 | Martin Luther King Jr.
1963 was a stupendous year for the civil rights movement in the United States. It was this year that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech, I Have a Dream (as it has since been titled). Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership of the movement was one of the turning points of the African-American community within the US. In 1968, Dr. King was assassinated for his forward-thinking ways, by those who could not see his vision. His death was yet another historical tragedy in the US.
1964 | Lyndon B. Johnson
In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn into the office of the United States Presidency. He was sworn into the position due to the murder of former president, John F. Kennedy. What made 1964 so important was Johnson’s passing of the Civil Rights Act (Dr. King’s life’s mission). Additionally, he declared War on Poverty, which led the congress to pass the Economic Opportunity Act to help the job market increase. He was also one of the direct reasons for the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War.
1965 | William Westmoreland
William Westmoreland was a General who served as commander of U.S. forces in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War between 1964 and 1968. The Vietnam War began in 1955 and ended in 1975 and was officially between North and South Vietnam. President Lyndon B. Johnson sent over many American troops to assist in the battle on the South Vietnamese side (the Soviet Union was on the North). His position within the Vietnam was successful in terms of his military tactics but politically unpopular.
1966 | The Inheritor
This 1966 Person of the Year Issue was once again to a collective. This issue was for what we call the Baby Boomers. Baby Boomers are called as such because they were all born between 1946 and 1964, after World War II. More specifically, TIME magazine wanted to honor the men and women who were under the age of 25 at the time the issue came out; as they were the future generation born after a very dark period of time in history.
1968 | The Apollo 8 astronauts
In preparation for the historic landing on the United States on the moon in 1969, the initial space exploration occurred in 1968 when the Apollo 8 and its crew, consisting of William Anders, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, left Earth’s orbit to further orbit the Moon. These men were the first humans to go beyond Earth’s orbit in the history of the world. Making the United States and these astronauts a monumental success and source of pride for the United States.
1969 | The Middle Americans
The 1969 issue was one that brought attention to those middle Americans. By definition, Middle America is the central area of the country, where there were mostly farm lands and rural conditions. The reason for this attention was due to then-president Richard Nixon’s speech, stating, “And so tonight—to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans—I ask for your support.” He was calling them the silent majority because of their silence when it came to the counterculture against the Vietnam War and the US involvement on the matter.
1970 | Willy Brandt
Willy Brandt was the Chancellor of West Germany from 1969 to 1974. Brandt was honored for “seeking to bring about a fresh relationship between East and West” by way of his “bold approach to the Soviet Union and the East Bloc.” Brandt wanted to reconnect Western Germany to the neighboring Western European countries as well as Eastern Europe, at the wake of World War II. For his efforts he was given a Nobel Peace Prize in 1971.
1971 | Richard Nixon
As seems to be tradition, a United States president is almost always on a TIME Person of the Year cover, 1971 was no exception. Richard Nixon, the 37 President of the United States, was mentioned with an issue. However, it was in 1972 that Nixon visited China, being the first United States President to do so. He continued his ‘winning streak’ when he secured the SALT I pact with the Soviet Union. He was later re-elected for the presidency in one of the biggest landslide elections in US history.
1972 | Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger was honored because of his travel to China alongside President Nixon in 1972. Henry was the 56th Secretary of State to the United States. Kissinger played a vital role in opening the doorway to negotiations with China, handled negotiations in the Paris Peace Accords, and most notably, ending the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War in 1975 – a major historical moment, that make Henry Kissinger one of the most successful Secretary of State’s that has ever been in office.
1973 | John Sirica
John sirica was a Chief Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.). In 1973, he ordered President Richard Nixon to hand over any recordings that had to do with Watergate that took place in the White House. The Watergate scandal was in simple form, a orchestrated break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters that was headed by the Nixon administration. Once Nixon’s hand was called, more investigations found that he had abused his power as President, and therefore his impeachment process began.
1974 | King Faisal
Faisal, King of Saudi Arabia, was noted for his behavior and political backing in wake of the oil crisis of 1973–1974, which was a result of Saudi Arabia removing its oil from every market in the world in order to show its support for Israel during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. This unheard of situation got the King many enemies and friends at the time, but more than anything it made him an unprecedented monarch.
1975 | American women
This cover was a groundbreaking attention grabber for all US women. The cover was 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. The reason behind it was the rise of Feminism and women’s rights in America. This was the time of the second-wave feminism (out of the three waves noted today).
1976 | Jimmy Carter
1976 welcomed yet another President of the United States for the cover. President Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States, a seat he won over the one-term President, Gerald Ford. President Carter’s first few acts as President set him apart from others before him. He first pardoned all those who evaded the Vietnam War drafts. He later formed two new departments – the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. He founded a national energy policy as well, that included conservation, price control, and technology advancements.
1977 | Anwar Sadat
In 1977, Anwar Sadat was the President of Egypt. He made the historic move of traveling to Israel that year to open negotiations between Egypt and Israel. Sadat was the only Arab leader to do anything of the sort in the history of the region. This action is what eventually led to the peace treaty between Egypt and the state of Israel, along with the assistance of the United States in Camp David, in 1978.
1978 | Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping was a Chinese revolutionary who overthrew then-leader of China, Hua Guofeng, so he could take control of the region as Paramount Leader in 1978. He only maintained the seat for a few years but the very fact that he was able to take over with such strong force was enough, as it should be, to give him a seal in history, and therefore on TIME’s Person of the Year issue.
1979 | Ayatollah Khomeini
In 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini led the Iranian Revolution that allowed him to establish himself as the nations Supreme Leader. The Ayatollah overthrew the Pahlavi dynasty under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, who were known friends of the United States. The revolution was able to occur thanks to the Ayatollah’s many followers, including student movements, as well as Islamist organizations who carried massive numbers and influence. He was the first Supreme Leader of Iran, from 1979 to 1989.
1980 | Ronald Reagan
Yet another President and another landslide win. In 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States. He defeated incumbent President Carter with a landslide win. He was the 40th President of the United States, who was considered by many to be one of the best president’s the US ever had, although there are those who doubted him because of his history as an actor in Hollywood; not exactly the regular resume of President material.
1981 | Lech Wałęsa
Lech Wałęsa was the leader of the Polish Solidarity trade union and architect of the Gdańsk Agreement – an agreement between striking workers and the Polish government. 1981 was the year he was Person of the Year because that was the year he was arrested due to martial law. He went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and much later would be the President of Poland from 1990 to 1995.
1982 | The Computer
1982 was the year of the computer. Hence the honor of the cover. The computer was given the name of, Machine of the Year, and was the turning point for the dawn of the Information Age. This is when the world shifted from the Industrial Revolution to the economic control by way of information computerization. Essentially, the world was going digital at that point, at least beginning to.
1983 | Yuri Andropov
Yuri Andropov, was a Soviet leader with strong a critique on the Strategic Defense Initiative. He was put on the cover alongside President Ronald Reagan who spearheaded the Strategic Defense Initiative, which was a missile defense system that was meant to warn the United States of incoming missile launches towards them. It was supposed to be both ground and space initiatives. Andropov was against this initiative due to the Soviet position on the matter of the United States and their nuclear capabilities.
1984 | Peter Ueberroth
Peter Ueberroth was the head of the organization committee for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. These 1984 games were involved in the Soviet-led boycott. This was a direct reaction to the 1980 Olympic Games where the United States led a boycott on the games lead in Moscow. This was as a reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
1986 | Corazon Aquino
Aquino was a bold figure in the 1986 People Power Revolution. This revolution was a peaceful civil resistance of people who were tired of a regime lead by violence and handled by electoral fraud, allowing then-President Ferdinand Marcos to remain in power. The revolution worked and at the end of it in 1986, Corazon Aquino was elected President of the Philippines.
1987 | Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union as it was known. 1987 was the year Gorbachev managed the Perestroika political reforms. The Perestroika was a movement that was basically one of reconstruction of the Soviet political and economic system; which is exactly what happened after Gorbachev completed his position. Gorbachev was also the first President of the Soviet Union in 1990 for only one short year.
1988 | The Endangered Earth
The 1988 cover was given entirely towards the beginning talks of damage people are doing to the earth on a high level. Planet of the Year, as it was called, was an issue that was involving the notion of Mother Nature, having people look at the earth in a more pure form. This was the birth of Environmentalism, which by definition means, “Environmentalism advocates the lawful preservation, restoration and/or improvement of the natural environment, and may be referred to as a movement to control pollution or protect plant and animal diversity.”
1990 | George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush, or as we know his, Bush Sr., was the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. 1990 was a year that was noted due to his overseeing the United States’ involvement in the Gulf War in the Middle East. The codename for this operation on the US side was, Operation Desert Shield – at the process of operation, and Operation Desert Storm – at the process of actual combat. The US was against Iraq in direct response to Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait.
1991 | Ted Turner
Ted Turner received the Person of the Year title due to his contribution to the world of media, as the founder of CNN (Cable News Network). He single handedly changed the concept of news and mainstream media from and to the consumer. He stated, “We won’t be signing off until the world ends. We’ll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event . . . we’ll play ‘Nearer, My God, to Thee’ before we sign off.”
1992 | Bill Clinton
1992 was the year Bill Clinton was elected to be the 42nd President of the United States of America. At the time, his position was stain-free (this was before the Monica Lewinsky scandal). He was a two-term President, from January 1993 to January 2001. During his long presidency, Clinton implemented many socially forward thinking moves that up until then were not thought to be appropriate. The most notable move was the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ defense directive, which meant the gay men and women could enlist in the United States military with no discrimination.
1993 | The Peacemakers
1993 was a climactic year in peace. The 1993 Person of the Year cover was given more to a situation but meant much much more. The representatives for this issue were Yasser Arafat, F. W. de Klerk, Nelson Mandela, and Yitzhak Rabin. De Klerk, State President of South Africa, managed and handled Nelson Mandela’s discharge from prison in 1990. The two worked together to abolish any remnant of the Apartheid system. Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority, and Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, signed the 1993 Oslo Accord, which was the very first in-person treaty between Palestinian and Israeli authorities.
1994 | Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II was the head of the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. As a Pope he was beloved by all but in a more political standpoint, he had a hand in ending the Communist regime in his home country of Poland. He also made it his priority to tighten relations with other religions – Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion.
1995 | Newt Gingrich
1995 was the year the Newt Gingrich was elected to be The Speaker of the House. He started out as the leader of the Republican Revolution, which was a Republican party election landslide, that eventually led Newt to the Speak of the House seat. The reason for this being an important moment was due to the fact that other Speakers of the House were Democratic party members rather than Republican.
1996 | David Ho
Dr. David Ho is a pioneer in the field of AIDS research. AIDS first appeared in the United States in 1981 and was an international crisis all over the world. Dr. Ho is the major contributor to the understanding of HIV and AIDS today, with his over 400 papers written on the subject and his advancement in research, he has also been a major source of help for finding the best cocktail of medication for those with the disease.
1997 | Andrew Grove
In 1997, Andrew Grove was the Chairman and CEO of Intel, a chip making company which is highest in ranking of the semiconductor industry. He has been called the “guy who drove the growth phase,” and TIME stated that he was “the person most responsible for the amazing growth in the power and the innovative potential of microchips.” Steve Jobs had said that Andrew Grove was his idol.
1998 | Ken Starr
Ken Starr was a lawyer who was investigating several individuals within the Clinton administration, and as a result he published the Starr Report in 1998. The Starr Report was the beginning of the information needed in order to start the process of Bill Clinton’s Impeachment due to his indiscretions with Monica Lewinsky. Starr was, for all intents and purposes the reason Clinton got impeached in the first place, without his investigation into the situation, Clinton may not have been found out.
1999 | Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos is the CEO and founder of Amazon. He single handedly changed the consumer game. Bezos has been credited with being “an executive who wants to know about everything from contract minutiae to how he is quoted in all Amazon press releases.” The success of Amazon.com made the online world of shopping, and consumer trade a much easier process, making the world the shopping center.
2000 | George W. Bush
2000 was the year George W. Bush (or as we call him, Bush Jr.) was elected to be the 43rd President of the United States. Bush was a two-term president, from 2001 to 2009. During his presidency the 9/11 terror attacks on Twin Towers occurred, subsequently throwing the United States in a war on terror that Bush was spearheading. Bush was the deciding President to vote Yes for the war in Iraq.
2001 | Rudy Giuliani
Just like Bush was the President of the United States when the September 11th attacks occurred, as was Rudy Giuliani the Mayor of New York City at the time of the terror attack. Rudy was the Mayor who said, “Tomorrow New York is going to be here. And we’re going to rebuild, and we’re going to be stronger than we were before… I want the people of New York to be an example to the rest of the country, and the rest of the world, that terrorism can’t stop us.” He was instrumental in the relief for the people of New York and the clean-up efforts.
2002 | The Whistleblowers
The cover for this issue is represented by Cynthia Cooper, Coleen Rowley and Sherron Watkins. In 2001, Watkins found accounting corruption in the financial reports of Enron, for which she testified in front of Congressional committees in 2002. Later that year, Cooper uncovered a $3.8 billion embezzlement incident at WorldCom. Once again in 2002, Rowley, an then-FBI agent, testified that the FBI mismanage of sensitive intelligence in regards to the September 11th terror attacks.
2003 | The American soldier
This cover was made in honor of the United States forces stationed all around the world, but especially those who fought and lost their lives in the Iraq War, beginning in 2003 and ending in 2011. According to the US Department of Defense the number of American casualties in the Iraq War stand on 4,424 total deaths and 31,952 wounded in action during the years of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2005 | The Good Samaritans
This cover was all about giving back. This was to honor the philanthropists of the world. The cover was represented by Bono, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates. Bono, the lead singer of the band U2 is an avid philanthropist. He helped organize the 2005 Live 8 concert series in order to raise money. Another wealthy couple are Bill Gates, creator of Microsoft and richest person on earth, and wife Melinda, who founded the charitable source – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
2006 | You
With the age of digital media and smart phones, comes this issue – aimed entirely at the reader. It was meant to represent the individual content creators using the internet as their tool for creation. More specifically, this was for those who used their content creating abilities to share their knowledge by contributing to sites like Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook and the like; to create an online community that spans the globe.
2007 | Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin was the President of Russia in the year 2007. He was given the issue of Person of the Year due to his unwavering strength and upper hand within international politics. He has had immense approval ratings within Russia, despite being known for his less than appealing ways of dealing with matters. To this day he is still the President of Russia and is considered the most influential man in the world.
2008 | Barack Obama
President Barack Obama made history in 2008 when he was elected as the first African-American President of the United States, and the 44th President of the country. He has been a two-term president, finishing up his last term in January 2017. During his 8 years in office he has created reforms in health care, called ObamaCare, as well as made same-sex marriage legal on a federal level by way of Supreme Court ruling.
2009 | Ben Bernanke
Ben Bernanke received Person of the Year for his role as Chairman of the Federal Reserve during the Financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. The financial crisis was one of the worst the United States had ever experienced, initiating new reforms so as to make sure another such crisis does not occur. President Obama credited Bernanke with his quick wit and skill and in helping stop the economic crisis before it became a second Great Depression.
2010 | Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Facebook. Facebook without a doubt changed the concept of international friendships, communication, and business. He is considered one of the richest men in the world, as well as known for his philanthropic tendencies. Of Mark, it was said, “some kids played computer games. Mark created them.” A truer statement has never been said. There are those who question Zuckerberg’s idea (some say it was another’s idea), but his work on Facebook since its inception is answer enough for the world.
2011 | The Protester
The 2011 Person of the Year was given to those who represent infinite international protest movements, such as, the Arab Spring, the anti-Austerity Movement, the Occupy Movement and the Tea Party movement. This covers protests in Chile, Greece, India and Russia to name a few. We currently live in a volatile world, with constant shifts and revolutionary ideas and ideals, there are those who go out and shout those ideals, these are them.
2013 | Pope Francis
The current Pope and head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis I was chosen in 2013 following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday, much to the Catholic and non-Catholic world’s joy. Pope Francis is the 266th Pope. He is the first non-European Pope (he is from Argentina), and the first Jesuit Pope to take the ‘job’.
2014 | Ebola fighters
“Ebola fighters” is aimed at all those who work in the health care initiative to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. On this 2014 cover, the representatives are Dr. Jerry Brown, medical director at the Eternal Love Winning Africa Hospital, Dr. Kent Brantly, a doctor who was also the first to contract the disease upon helping those who have it; Ella Watson-Stryker, a ‘health promoter’ for Doctors Without Borders, Foday Gallah, an ambulance director and Ebola survivor, and Salome Karmah, a nurse from Liberia who was not a victim herself but was exposed to the damage it can do with the death of her parents.
2015 | Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She is honored here in the 2015 cover of the Person of the Year due to her policy of help during the Greek debt crisis in 2007 and 2008 (just as in the United States), as well as with the European migrant crisis, more specifically those migrants coming from Islamic states that are currently at war with either one another or engaged in a civil war that is killing innocent civilians. Germany accepted one-fourth of the people coming in seeking asylum.
2016 | Donald Trump
Donald Trump was published as 2016’s Person of the Year due to his win over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential race. Trump is the first president-elect to have no military or political background before winning the seat for the Oval Office. His previous experience is mostly as a businessman and reality television show host. His presidential run was very controversial, however it seems that the American public wants to see where he can take them in the next four years.