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Time Person of the Year Quiz

Name the winners of Time magazine's "Person of the Year" award.
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Last updated: January 4, 2020
First submittedJanuary 9, 2013
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Year
Hint
Country
Person of the Year
2019
Climate activist
Sweden
Greta Thunberg
2016
World leader
United States
Donald Trump
2015
World leader
Germany
Angela Merkel
2013
Religious leader
Argentina
Pope Francis
2012
World leader
United States
Barack Obama
2010
CEO
United States
Mark Zuckerberg
2009
Economist
United States
Ben Bernanke
2008
World leader
United States
Barack Obama
2007
World leader
Russia
Vladimir Putin
2004
World leader
United States
George W. Bush
2001
Mayor
United States
Rudolph Giuliani
2000
World leader
United States
George W. Bush
1999
CEO
United States
Jeff Bezos
1998
Prosecutor
United States
Kenneth Starr
1998
World leader
United States
Bill Clinton
1997
CEO
U.S. / Hungary
Andy Grove
1996
Scientist
U.S. / Taiwan
David Ho
1995
Politician
United States
Newt Gingrich
1994
Religious leader
Poland
Pope John Paul II
1992
World leader
United States
Bill Clinton
1991
CEO
United States
Ted Turner
1990
World leader
United States
George H. W. Bush
1989
World leader
Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
1987
World leader
Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
1986
World leader
Philippines
Corazon C. Aquino
1985
World leader
China
Deng Xiaoping
1984
Sports executive
United States
Peter Ueberroth
1983
World leader
Soviet Union
Yuri Andropov
1983
World leader
United States
Ronald Reagan
1981
Trade unionist
Poland
Lech Walesa
1980
World leader
United States
Ronald Reagan
1979
World leader
Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
1978
World leader
China
Deng Xiaoping
1977
World leader
Egypt
Anwar Sadat
1976
World leader
United States
Jimmy Carter
1974
World leader
Saudi Arabia
King Faisal
1973
Judge
United States
John Sirica
1972
Diplomat
United States
Henry Kissinger
1972
World leader
United States
Richard Nixon
1971
World leader
United States
Richard Nixon
1970
World leader
West Germany
Willy Brandt
1967
World leader
United States
Lyndon B. Johnson
1965
General
United States
William Westmoreland
1964
World leader
United States
Lyndon B. Johnson
1963
Civil rights activist
United States
Martin Luther King, Jr.
1962
Religious leader
Italy
Pope John XXIII
1961
World leader
United States
John F. Kennedy
1959
World leader
United States
Dwight D. Eisenhower
1958
World leader
France
Charles de Gaulle
1957
World leader
Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
1955
CEO
United States
Harlow Curtice
1954
Diplomat
United States
John Foster Dulles
1953
World leader
West Germany
Konrad Adenauer
1952
World leader
United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II
1951
World leader
Iran
Mohammed Mossadegh
1949
World leader
United Kingdom
Winston Churchill
1948
World leader
United States
Harry S. Truman
1947
Diplomat
United States
George Marshall
1946
Diplomat
United States
James F. Byrnes
1945
World leader
United States
Harry S. Truman
1944
General
United States
Dwight D. Eisenhower
1943
General
United States
George Marshall
1942
World leader
Soviet Union
Joseph Stalin
1941
World leader
United States
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1940
World leader
United Kingdom
Winston Churchill
1939
World leader
Soviet Union
Joseph Stalin
1938
World leader
Germany
Adolf Hitler
1937
World leader
China
Chiang Kai-shek
Politician
China
Soong May-ling
1936
Socialite
United States
Wallis Simpson
1935
World leader
Ethiopia
Haile Selassie I
1934
World leader
United States
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1933
Government official
United States
Hugh Johnson
1932
World leader
United States
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1931
World leader
France
Pierre Laval
1930
Activist
India
Mohandas Gandhi
1929
CEO
United States
Owen D. Young
1928
CEO
United States
Walter Chrysler
1927
Aviator
United States
Charles Lindbergh
Year
Abstract Concept
2018
The Guardians
2017
The Silence Breakers
2014
The Ebola Fighters
2011
The Protestor
2006
You
2005
The Good Samaritans
2003
The American Soldiers
2002
The Whistleblowers
1993
The Peacemakers
1988
The Endangered Earth
1982
The Computer
1975
American Women
1969
The Middle Americans
1968
The Apollo 8 Astronauts
1966
Baby Boomers
1960
U.S. Scientists
1956
Hungarian Freedom Fighters
1950
The American Fighting Man
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level 70
Dec 21, 2012
32/60. Best score for the first half hour this quiz has been up.
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level 77
Dec 10, 2015
I got 37 this time. Got everything above 16% except for Elizabeth 2, and got some as low as 2%. But I missed Bezos because I thought it was spelled Besos.
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level 76
Dec 10, 2015
Scored 31. I might have done better had I not gotten it into my head that the gray bars were headings for the lines after. I didn't realize my stupid mistake until I was trying to figure out how King Faisal came under the heading of American women. Sigh. I really miss my caffeine since going decaf.
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level 53
Dec 21, 2012
Guess ALL the presidents!
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level 69
Dec 10, 2015
That also explains "Hugh Johnson" (Who?) @ 51%!
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level 67
Dec 21, 2012
2006 - You. How cheesy.
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level 32
Dec 23, 2012
Ha, that's really something.
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level 72
May 1, 2014
I always put that on my resume - Time Magazine Man of the Year for 2006.
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level 77
Dec 29, 2019
they had a mirrored decal on the cover, even cheesier.
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level 26
Dec 21, 2012
39/60
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level 53
Dec 22, 2012
please accept kai shek without the hyphen...
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level ∞
Dec 23, 2012
Punctuation is never required on JetPunk, but Kai-shek doesn't work because that's not his family name.
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level 71
Jan 9, 2013
How about Madame Chiang for Soong May-Lin? I know that is not her name, but that is the name under which she appeared on at least one Time cover:
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level ∞
Jan 9, 2013
Okay
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level 73
Jan 30, 2013
When i clicked this, i had already prepared to type "You", "The Activist", and "The Computer." Much to my dismay, they were already filled in for me :-(
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level 44
Nov 10, 2013
how does hitler get nominated for person of the year
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level 77
Dec 12, 2013
The same way Josef Stalin and Ken Starr made it, I guess? Ken Starr, the year after Clinton was person of the year, no less.
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level 45
Dec 12, 2013
I may be mistaken, but weren't President Clinton and Kenneth Starr named in the same year? I seem to remember grimacing and rolling my eyes when I saw the cover of Time that week with a picture of the two of them....
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level ∞
Dec 12, 2013
Okay, added more spellings for Khrushchev.
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level 72
Jul 10, 2014
Time awards it to the person, group, idea or object that "for better or for worse...has done the most to influence the events of the year".
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level 71
Dec 12, 2019
Not anymore. They gave it to Thunberg in 2019 - a privileged school drop out sock puppet for activists who has as many people mocking her as taking her seriously. The group that should have been chosen are the Hong Kong protestors. Even the readers poll had them beat Thunberg by a significant margin. Like all things that activists have taken over, Time magazine is a joke.
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level 70
Dec 13, 2019
But the people who take her seriously are scientists researching the issue, while the people who are mocking her are people who answer to five year old comments, complaining how activists chose an activist instead of other activists for their magazin cover.
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level 81
Jul 29, 2016
Hitler got it in 1938, prior to WWII. Things were bad already, for sure, but it's not a recognition of him plunging the world into war.
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level 77
Dec 12, 2013
oh man.. I was all set to guess "you." How could I forget the year that I was named person of the year?
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level 63
Dec 12, 2013
I shoulda paid more attention to the hints. I probably could have figured out Lindbergh and Wallis Simpson. Mostly I named presidents. And I got Pope John because I was trying to enter Pope John Paul. :)
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level 82
Jun 3, 2014
Zuckerberg surely? (says Zuckerburg)
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level 78
Mar 9, 2015
I typed Elisabeth 2 and Westmorland and didn't get them, that's harsh :3.
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level 24
Dec 10, 2015
60/60!!! My grandfather just got 60/60!!!!
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level 51
Dec 13, 2015
Please allow alternative spellings for the Russian names.
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level 76
Feb 25, 2016
So do they just hand this honour out to all the US presidents on principle?
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level 81
Jul 29, 2016
Pretty much. Time magazine used to have much more clout; this is probably the last thing for which anyone gives them much notice.
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level 34
Jun 25, 2016
I didn't think they gave the "bad guys" person of the year. Does it mean most influencial person of something. What has Putin ever done to deserve person of the year? Or George W Bush?
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level 40
Mar 23, 2017
They don't have to be good, and many aren't... The rule is the person who for better or for worse had the most effect on world events that year.
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level 68
Jul 29, 2016
QM, I think there is a mistake somewhere. At no stage did i type "David" or any word starting with "Ho" yet I got David Ho. Apologies if that's a nickname or alias of his, I haven't the faintest idea who he is. On a more jovial note, that is a dreadful list of despots, genocidal maniacs and.........US Presidents (insert your own funny here).
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level 81
Jul 29, 2016
I got this when I tried "Hoover". Never heard of him either.
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level 73
Oct 31, 2016
Got Ho because of Hoover, Hugh Johnson because of Lyndon B. and John XXIII because of John Paul II
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level 81
Dec 17, 2019
I tried Hollande and got him
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level 70
Dec 10, 2016
Ho chi Minh probably? @Quizmaster: I believe the 2010 CEO is named Zuckerberg, not -burg.
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level ∞
Dec 10, 2016
Fixed
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level 75
Dec 10, 2016
Mossadegh is also commonly spelled Mossedeq. I tried several variations of the spelling because I was certain he was the winner in 1951 but none worked.
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level ∞
Dec 10, 2016
Mossedeq will work now
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level 61
Dec 10, 2016
Nice, you have added the leader of the Divided States of America.
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level 64
Dec 10, 2016
“I’m not president yet so I didn’t do anything to divide"
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level 72
Feb 12, 2017
Along with Rudy Giuliani, and one of our greatest, most beautiful minds, All-American Lunatic, Person of the Year 1995, the sweet Newt Gingrich in its government.
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level 71
Dec 12, 2019
Yep, Obama got it twice, as did Clinton.
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level 62
Dec 28, 2019
Yeah, but they aren't an international punchline.
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level 71
Dec 28, 2019
Say what you want about Obama, but he didn't spend half of his time bashing political opponents on Twitter.
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level 77
Dec 28, 2019
half, camus? Two weeks ago the president sent out 123 tweets in a single day.
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level 71
Dec 28, 2019
Well, he spends the other half bragging about his achievements and likening himself to Rocky and Thanos on Twitter.
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level 56
Apr 16, 2017
Oh I just made a quiz in this (facepalm). Its just 21st century winners though
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level ∞
Dec 11, 2018
This quiz will not be updated again until Time chooses an actual person and not a concept.
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level 58
Dec 11, 2019
They have now, so the quiz needs an update.
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level ∞
Dec 12, 2019
2020 winner: Whoever wins the U.S. Presidential election
2021 winner: The Magazine Buyer
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level 77
Dec 28, 2019
Will print media have so declined by 2021 that Time is projecting that it will sell only a single issue that month?
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level 72
Dec 12, 2019
Some of these choices are laughable nonsense. Time's editors are more worried about sales than reality.
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level 58
Dec 12, 2019
Interesting thing to consider: If we count everyone who could be considered part of the abstract concepts as having been Time Person of the Year, who has been Time Person of the Year the most times? For example Donald Trump has been Time Person of the Year in 1966, 2006 and 2016 (and maybe 1988 depending on whether you believe Trump is a part of the Earth).
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level 77
Dec 28, 2019
Trump arguably won in 1988, as well, though most of his work endangering the Earth would come later. and Zuckerberg should get credit for 1982, as he is likely a robot of some sort.
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level 77
Dec 28, 2019
I'll be honest, I have no idea who Grove, Ho, Ueberroth, Sirica, Brandt or Adenauer (can make a reasonable guess), Curtice, or Young are. Got most of the rest. I'm also not sure which good samaritans are being referred to in 2005, or why '75 was an especially important year for American women, or '60 was significant for US scientists. Could make reasonable guesses for the latter two.
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level 62
Dec 28, 2019
I have found, generally speaking, that otherwise unknown people who win are the ones whose work is most admirable. World leaders often win because the sheer scope of their power grants them disproportionate influence over world events, but someone like David Ho (an AIDS researcher) or Andy Grove (who pioneered the semiconductor microchip) has to do something truly remarkable to rise above anonymity to national prominence. I know John Sirica was a federal judge who was instrumental in tying the Watergate scandal directly to Nixon. I don't know the others, except Harlow Curtice (CEO of GM), whom I just looked up because I was gobsmacked that anybody but Jonas Salk could be picked for 1955. The fact that Salk was passed over at all is pretty shocking. The fact that he was passed over for the CEO of a car company is incomprehensible.
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level 49
Dec 28, 2019
Brandt and Adenauer are pretty important Cold War figures, so I knew them for that. Agreed on those others.
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level 77
Dec 28, 2019
I wasn't arguing that they were unimportant or not worth knowing. I was just fessing up to the ones I didn't know. I guess if there was any point that I was trying to make it might have been that being famous one year doesn't necessarily mean you'll be well-known for all time? But could just be my own ignorance, too.
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level 71
Dec 28, 2019
They are huge in German history, but it's not as if they were key players of the Cold War in the way that US or Soviet leaders were. I guess they're nice to know but not necessarily general knowledge to Americans, or most foreigners for that matter.
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level 76
Dec 29, 2019
Age has something to do with it, too, Kal. I remember hearing those names on the evening news when I was growing up - my mind can remember names from back then better than ones I hear now - for the most part, at least. Couldn't pull Selassie from the memory banks, though, no matter how hard I tried.
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level 71
Dec 28, 2019
Brandt (69-74 chancellor) is one of the reasons why Germany is so open about its history today. His direct predecessor had been a member of the Nazi party, while he himself was an opponent. Brandt renounced claims of lands that had become Polish after WW2, which was an outrageous act for many back then (old, conservative guys in my family still call him a "traitor"). Here's a photo of him falling to his knees before a Ghetto memorial in Warsaw. Both are important symbolic steps of coming to terms with the past. He got the Nobel Peace Prize (1971) for relaxing/establishing relations with the Eastern Bloc. The latter policy arguably helped pave the way for the 1989/90 revolutions and German reunification, according to some of the key players of both eras.
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level 77
Dec 28, 2019
cool. :) thanks for chiming in.
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level 71
Dec 28, 2019
I'm glad to spread knowledge once in a while, after having received it so abundantly on this site :)
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level 71
Dec 28, 2019
Adenauer (49-63 chancellor) was an ancient guy who had been some kind of an antagonist to the Nazis way back in the Weimar Republic. His most notable achievements are probably being one of the founding fathers of what was to become the EU, establishing a French-German friendship along with de Gaulle, and perhaps not falling for Stalin's offer to reunify Germany as a "neutral" state. Nowadays, his chancellorship is often linked with the Economic Miracle, though it probably owes more to historical circumstances, and less to any politician's initiative.
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level 71
Dec 28, 2019
By the way, reading the above comments will help you in a quiz of mine...
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level 71
Dec 28, 2019
Also by the way, this may be the reason why so many people complain about US-centrism. What is an important part of my history, is at best a footnote for 99% of the people here. Yes, I can make a quiz about Helmut Schmidt, who is considered Germany's greatest chancellor. But no one takes or comments on it, and there is no counterpart to Jetpunk or Sporcle in my language, or likely in any language other than English. As a foreigner you feel as if you have to adapt to US culture (which admittedly is a good way to learn). You also feel that Americans are in a privileged position, that their knowledge matters more than yours, and this sparks an inferiority complex. The whiners are still wrong, of course, because Quizmaster is as inclusive as makes sense with an audience that only has a diverse minority of foreigners.
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level 57
Jan 3, 2020
Greta did not deserve Time Person of the Year.
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level 78
Jan 3, 2020
Lech Walesa was a trade unionist in 1981, not a world leader.
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level ∞
Jan 4, 2020
Okay
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