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Time Person of the YearTIME Magazine's choice of "Person of the Year" is regarded by many readers as the definitive word on the planet's most influential people.

TIME has been choosing their Person of the Year since the Depression era — when a slow news week forced editors to boost circulation.

The tradition was squarely set when the magazine successfully featured hero and true blue American Charles Lindbergh on the first "Man of the Year" cover in 1927.

Since then, the special end-of-year issue has annually become an instant bestseller featuring world statesmen, political leaders, and prominent people in the news.

TIME Person of the Year 2014


The Ebola Fighters, TIME
Person of the Year 2014

The winner -- among a handful of notable nominees -- was The Ebola Fighters - which TIME claimed was a group of people who individually possessed "a hero's heart" for facing the disease head-on in 2014 as the rest of the world, quite frankly, freaked out.

The nominees for this year's cover was unveiled on December 8, 2014 when TIME editors announced a shortlist of 2014 contenders who have managed to grab international headlines throughout the year.

In the hi-tech arena they included Apple CEO Tim Cook, who took over the role of Steve Jobs to become the only openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500 - as well as Alibaba founder Jack Ma who stunned Wall Street this year with the biggest hi-tech IPO in history.

In sports, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also made the list -- for his not-always-valiant attempts to to guide American football through a scandal-plagued year.

On the political front, Russian President Vladimir Putin was standout as a clear mover-and-shaker threat to Eastern European stability, while Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani also received a nod for both combating ISIS and pushing for Kurdish independence.

And, in pop culture, singer Taylor Swift (She writes her own lyrics! She stood up to Spotify!) made the list for a recent and phenomenally successful crossover from country music to verified pop star in 2014.

Time person of the year nominees
This year's shortlist also included Russian President Vladimir Putin, singer Taylor Swift, and Ferguson protesters.

The 2014 roundup also included groups of people, like Ebola doctors and nurses -- and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri who first sparked hundreds of thousands of other American to take to the streets this year calling for protection against local police departments.

Who made the cover was unveiled as the TIME Person of the Year issue hit the stands on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

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Throughout the years, obvious popular picks have included such names as Martin Luther King, Jr., George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Pope John Paul II. A royal nod also went to Queen Elizabeth II for "Man of the Year" following her coronation in 1952.

Time Man of the Year - Stalin, Hitler, Kruschev, and Ayatullah KhomeiniNot that the TIME cover has ever been without controversy.

TIME's long-held policy of choosing world 'movers and shakers' has resulted in Man of the Year honors being bestowed on Adolf Hitler in 1938, Joseph Stalin (twice, in 1939 and 1942), Nikita Kruschev (1957) and Iran's Ayatullah Khomeini (1979).

Today, TIME's readership still holds the popular notion that the Person of the Year should only honor the world's best and brightest. Perhaps bowing to public pressure, the magazine named "The Younger Generation" and "The Endangered Planet" as feel-good picks in the recent past.

Perhaps the most parodied of all TIME covers focused on "YOU", as the Person of the Year in 2006. The pick was widely considered to be the magazine's safest choice as it pandered to its audience with a metallic cover reflecting the readers own face — said to symbolize the growing force of Internet users worldwide.


More about TIME's Person of the Year around the Web:

Around the Web, discover more about the annual pick that profiles a man, woman, couple, group or idea that, as TIME states,"...for better or for worse has done the most to influence the events of the year."

 

TIME Person of the Year 2014 - Check out a complete overview of this year's major contenders, information on the voting process, with related photos and videos.

Time Person of the Year - Wikipedia - Good overview featuring historical background, photos, complete list of honorees from 1927 to the present, with related references & resources.

 

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