TIME's Person of the Year List

At Least 5 Killed In Shooting At Annapolis Capital-Gazette Newspaper
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Since 1927, TIME Magazine has chosen a man, woman, or idea that "for better or worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year." Although TIME's list is not an academic or objective study of the past, the list gives a contemporary viewpoint of what was important during each year.

In 2018, TIME issued four separate covers, memorializing journalists who lost their lives in 2018. They are Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post columnist; staff members of the Capital Gazette newspaper; Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo; and Maria Ressa, journalist and founder of Rappler.

TIME's "Person of the Year" Winners

1927Charles Augustus Lindbergh
1928Walter P. Chrysler
1929Owen D. Young
1930Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
1931Pierre Laval
1932Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1933Hugh Samuel Johnson
1934Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1935Haile Selassie
1936Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson
1937Generalissimo & Mme Chiang Kai-Shek
1938Adolf Hitler
1939Joseph Stalin
1940Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
1941Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1942Joseph Stalin
1943George Catlett Marshall
1944Dwight David Eisenhower
1945Harry Truman
1946James F. Byrnes
1947George Catlett Marshall
1948Harry Truman
1949Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
1950American Fighting-Man
1951Mohammed Mossadegh
1952Elizabeth II
1953Konrad Adenauer
1954John Foster Dulles
1955Harlow Herbert Curtice
1956Hungarian Freedom Fighter
1957Nikita Krushchev
1958Charles De Gaulle
1959Dwight David Eisenhower
1960U.S. Scientists
1961John Fitzgerald Kennedy
1962Pope John XXIII
1963Martin Luther King Jr.
1964Lyndon B. Johnson
1965General William Childs Westmoreland
1966Twenty-Five and Under
1967Lyndon B. Johnson
1968Astronauts Anders, Borman and Lovell
1969The Middle Americans
1970Willy Brandt
1971Richard Milhous Nixon
1972Nixon and Kissinger
1973John J. Sirica
1974King Faisal
1975American Women
1976Jimmy Carter
1977Anwar Sadat
1978Teng Hsiao-P'ing
1979Ayatullah Khomeini
1980Ronald Reagan
1981Lech Walesa
1982The Computer
1983Ronald Reagan & Yuri Andropov
1984Peter Ueberroth
1985Deng Xiaoping
1986Corazon Aquino
1987Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
1988Endangered Earth
1989Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
1990The Two George Bushes
1991Ted Turner
1992Bill Clinton
1993The Peacemakers
1994Pope John Paul II
1995Newt Gingrich
1996Dr. David Ho
1997Andy Grove
1998Bill Clinton and Kenneth Starr
1999Jeff Bezos
2000George W. Bush
2001Rudolph Giuliani
2002The Whistleblowers
2003The American Soldier
2004George W. Bush
2005Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, & Bono
2007Vladimir Putin
2008Barack Obama
2009Ben Bernanke
2010Mark Zuckerberg
2011The Protester
2012Barack Obama
2013Pope Francis
2014Ebola Fighters
2015Angela Merkel
2016Donald Trump
2017The Silence Breakers
2018The Guardians and the War on Truth 

Person of the Year Fast Facts

  • Charles Lindbergh (1927) was the first and youngest person to receive the distinction at 25 years old.
  • Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson, the woman whom English King Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry, was the first woman to receive the honor (1936).
  • Although a number of people have received the honor twice, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the only person to have been named three times: 1932, 1934, and 1941.
  • Adolf Hitler, the murderous leader of Nazi Germany, received the honor in 1938—before he started  World War II. Hitler's TIME cover, however, shows him with dead bodies hanging above him.
  • Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, who was a U.S. ally during World War II, but who was ultimately responsible for the deaths of approximately 20 to 60 million of his own people, was awarded the honor twice.
  • A whole generation was named in 1966: "Twenty-five and Under."
  • In 1982, the computer became the first object ever to receive the distinction.
  • There are several years where large groups of people were nominated: the American Fighting-Man (1950), the Hungarian Freedom Fighter (1956), U.S. Scientists (1960), Twenty-Five and Under (1966), the Middle Americans (1968), and American Women (1975).
  • The winner in 2006 was even more unusual. The winner was "you." This choice was meant to draw attention to the impact of the world wide web, which had made each of our contributions both relevant and important.