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TIME Magazine's Person of the Year Quiz

Enter the correct name that corresponds with who won TIME's Person of the Year for the year given.
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1927
First person to fly across the Atlantic, from New York to Paris
Charles Lindbergh
1928
Oversaw a merger of his Chrysler Corporation with Dodge before beginning work on the Chrysler Building.
Walter Chrysler
1929
Chaired a committee which authored a program for settlement of German Reparations after WWI
Owen D. Young
1930
Leader of India's independence movement against Great Britain and the British Raj
Mahatma Gandhi
1931
First elected Prime Minister of France in 1931
Pierre Laval
1932
Defeated the incumbent U.S. President, Herbert Hoover
Franklin. D. Roosevelt
1933
In 1933, was appointed director of the National Recovery Administration, tasked by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt to bring industry, labor and government together to create codes of "fair practices" and set prices.
Hugh S. Johnson
1934
32nd president, from 1933-1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1935
Was Emperor of Ethiopia in 1935, when Italian forces invaded Ethiopia, starting the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.
Haile Selassie I
1936
Her relationship with King Edward VIII led the king to abdicate his thrones in order to marry her.
Wallis Simpson
1937
Premier of the Republic of China at the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937.
Chiang Kai-shek
1937
The wife of the previous answer.
Soong Mei-ling
1938
As German Chancellor, oversaw the unification of Germany with Austria and the Sudetenland in 1938, after the Anschluss and Munich Agreement respectively.
Adolf Hitler
1939
In 1939, was General Secretary of the Communist Party and de facto leader of the Soviet Union. He oversaw the signing of a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany before invading eastern Poland.
Joseph Stalin
1940
Was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation and the Battle of Britain.
Winston Churchill
1941
President of the United States during the attacks on Pearl Harbor
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1942
By 1942, was Premier of the Soviet Union, overseeing the Battle of Stalingrad (1942–1943).
Joseph Stalin
1943
As United States Army Chief of Staff in 1943, was instrumental in organizing US actions in World War II.
George Marshall
1944
Was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during 1944's Operation Overlord.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
1945
Became President of the United States after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, authorizing the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Harry Truman
1946
In 1946, was United States Secretary of State during the Iran crisis of 1946, taking an increasingly hardline position in opposition to Stalin. His speech, "Restatement of Policy on Germany", set the tone of future US policy, repudiating the Morgenthau Plan economic policies and giving Germans hope for the future.
James F. Byrnes
1947
Appointed United States Secretary of State in 1947; was the architect of the Marshall Plan.
George Marshall
1948
Was elected in his own right as President of the United States in 1948, considered to be the greatest election upset in American history.
Harry Truman
1949
Proclaimed as the "Man of the half-century"; by 1949, was Leader of the Opposition.
Winston Churchill
1950
Representing those fighting in the Korean War, for America.
The American Fighting-Man
1951
In 1951, was elected as Prime Minister of Iran, responsible for the Abadan Crisis
Mohammad Mossadegh
1952
In 1952, acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom upon the death of her father, King George VI.
Elizabeth II
1953
In 1953, was re-elected as Chancellor of Germany.
Konrad Adenauer
1954
As United States Secretary of State in 1954, was architect of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.
John Foster Dulles
1955
Was President of General Motors (GM) from 1953 to 1958. In 1955, GM sold five million vehicles and became the first corporation to earn US $1 billion in a single year.
Harlow Curtice
1956
Representing Hungarian revolutionaries involved in the failed 1956 uprising.
The Hungarian Freedom Fighter
1957
In 1957, 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.
Nikita Khrushchev
1958
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.
Charles de Gaulle
1959
Was President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
1960
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.
US Scientists
1961
Was inaugurated as President of the United States in 1961, ordering the failed invasion of Cuba by U.S.-trained Cuban exiles.
John F. Kennedy
1962
Was head of the Roman Catholic Church from 1958 to 1963. In 1962, he volunteered as a mediator in the Cuban Missile Crisis, gaining praise from both sides.
Pope John XXIII
1963
An African-American civil rights leader, delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
1964
Was elected in his own right as President of the United States in 1964, before securing the passage of the Civil Rights Act, declaring a War on Poverty and escalating U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
Lyndon B. Johnson
1965
Was commander of U.S. forces in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
William Westmoreland
1966
Representing a generation of American men and women, aged 25 and under.
The Inheritor
1967
Was President of the United States from 1963 to 1969.
Lyndon B. Johnson
1968
In 1968, this group (William Anders, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell) became the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit, orbiting the Moon and paving the way for the first manned Moon landings in 1969.
The Apollo Eight Astronauts
1969
Also referred to as the silent majority.
The Middle Americans
1970
As Chancellor of Germany, was acknowledged for "seeking to bring about a fresh relationship between East and West" through his "bold approach to the Soviet Union and the East Bloc".
Willy Brandt
1971
Was President of the United States from 1969 to 1974.
Richard M. Nixon
1972
As President of the United States, visited communist China in 1972, the first U.S. President to do so. Nixon later secured the SALT I pact with the Soviet Union before being re-elected in one of the largest landslide election victories in American history.
Richard M. Nixon
1972
Nixon's National Security Advisor, travelled with the President to China in 1972.
Henry Kissinger
1973
In 1973, as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, ordered President Nixon to turn over Watergate-related recordings of White House conversations.
John Sirica
1974
King of Saudi Arabia; was acknowledged in the wake of the oil crisis of 1973–1974, caused by Saudi Arabia withdrawing its oil from world markets in protest at Western support for Israel during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War.
King Faisal
1975
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.
American women
1976
In 1976, was elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent President Gerald Ford.
Jimmy Carter
1977
As President of Egypt, traveled to Israel in 1977—the first Arab leader to do so—to discuss normalization of Egypt-Israel relations.
Anwar Sadat
1978
Overthrew Hua Guofeng to assume de facto control over China in 1978, as Paramount Leader.
Deng Xiaoping
1979
Led the 1979 Iranian Revolution, establishing himself as Supreme Leader.
Ayatollah Khomeini
1980
Was elected President of the United States in 1980, defeating incumbent President Carter by a landslide.
Ronald Reagan
1981
Leader of the Polish Solidarity trade union and architect of the Gdańsk Agreement until his arrest and the imposition of martial law in December 1981.
Lech Wałęsa
1982
Machine of the Year, led to start the Information Age.
The Computer
1983
As Soviet leader, was a strong critic of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Andropov was hospitalized in August 1983 and died in 1984.
Yuri Andropov
1983
In 1983, as President of the United States, ordered the Invasion of Grenada and championed the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Ronald Reagan
1984
Orchestrated the organization of the 1984 Summer Olympics, which involved a Soviet-led boycott.
Peter Ueberroth
1985
As Paramount Leader of China, was acknowledged for "sweeping economic reforms that have challenged Marxist orthodoxies".
Deng Xiaoping
1986
Was a prominent figure in 1986's People Power Revolution, being elected President of the Philippines.
Corazon C. Aquino
1987
As leader of the Soviet Union, oversaw Perestroika political reforms in 1987.
Mikhail Gorbachev
1988
Planet of the Year, involving an aspect of Mother Nature.
The Endangered Earth
1989
Acknowledged as "Man of the Decade"; as Soviet leader, oversaw 1989's first free Soviet elections before the fragmentation of the Eastern Bloc.
Mikhail Gorbachev
1990
As President of the United States, oversaw U.S. involvement in the Gulf War (1990–1991).
George H.W. Bush
1991
Founder of CNN.
Ted Turner
1992
Was elected President of the United States in 1992.
Bill Clinton
1993
Represented by Yasser Arafat, F. W. de Klerk, Nelson Mandela and Yitzhak Rabin. De Klerk, as State President of South Africa, oversaw Mandela's release from prison in 1990. The pair worked together to end the Apartheid system. Arafat, as President of the Palestinian National Authority, and Rabin, as Prime Minister of Israel, signed the 1993 Oslo Accord, the first face-to-face agreement between Palestinian and Israeli authorities.
The Peacemakers
1994
Head of the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005.
Pope John Paul II
1995
Leader of the "Republican Revolution", a Republican party election landslide, which led to him being elected Speaker of the House.
Newt Gingrich
1996
Pioneered much AIDS research.
David Ho
1997
In 1997, was Chairman and CEO of Intel, recognized as a pioneer in the semiconductor industry.
Andrew Grove
1998
A lawyer investigating various figures within the Clinton administration, published his Starr Report in 1998, opening the door for the impeachment of Bill Clinton.
Ken Starr
1998
2nd president to be impeached.
Bill Clinton
1999
Is founder and CEO of Amazon.com.
Jeffrey P. Bezos
2000
In 2000, was elected President of the United States following an allegation of Florida recount scandal.
George W. Bush
2001
Was Mayor of New York City at the time of the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Rudolph Giuliani
2002
Represented by Cynthia Cooper, Coleen Rowley and Sherron Watkins. In 2001, Watkins uncovered accounting irregularities in the financial reports of Enron, testifying before Congressional committees the following year. In 2002, Cooper exposed a $3.8 billion fraud at WorldCom. At the time, this was the largest incident of accounting fraud in U.S. history. In 2002, Rowley, an FBI agent, gave testimony about the FBI's mishandling of information related to the September 11 attacks of 2001.
The Whistleblowers
2003
Representing U.S. forces around the world, especially in the Iraq War (2003–2011).
The American Soldier
2004
Was re-elected President of the United States, overseeing U.S. involvement in the Iraq War.
George W. Bush
2005
Represented by Bono, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates. Bono, philanthropist and member of the rock band U2, helped to organise the 2005 Live 8 concerts. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and then-richest person in the world, and his wife Melinda, founded the philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Good Samaritans
2006
Represented by the individual content creator on the World Wide Web.
You
2007
In 2007, was serving as President of Russia.
Vladimir Putin
2008
Was elected President of the United States, becoming the first African-American U.S. President in January 2009.
Barack Obama
2009
Chairman of the Federal Reserve during the Financial crisis of 2007–08.
Ben Bernanke
2010
Founder of social-networking website Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg
2011
Representing many global protest movements — for example, the Arab Spring, the Indignants Movement, Tea Party movement and Occupy Movement — as well as protests in Greece, India, Russia and Chile, among others.
The protester
2012
Was re-elected President of the United States.
Barack Obama
2013
Elected head of the Roman Catholic Church in 2013, following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis
2014
Refers to health care workers who helped stop the spread of ebola virus disease during the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, including not only to doctors and nurses, but also ambulance attendants, burial parties, etc. Represented on the covers by Dr. Jerry Brown, the medical director at the Eternal Love Winning Africa Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly, a physician with Samaritan's Purse and the first American to be infected in the 2014 outbreak, Ella Watson-Stryker, a health promoter for Doctors Without Borders who is originally from the United States, Foday Gallah, an ambulance supervisor and Ebola survivor from Monrovia, Liberia, and Salome Karmah, a trainee nurse and counselor from Liberia whose parents died of Ebola, as well as others mentioned in the article itself.
Ebola Fighters
2015
Chancellor of Germany since 2005, recognized for leadership in the Greek debt crisis and European migrant crisis.
Angela Merkel
2016
2016 Democratic presidential nominee, quoted for creating a "political revolution"
Bernie Sanders
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level 65
Aug 17, 2016
Too little time...
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level 62
Aug 23, 2016
This quiz already exists
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level 59
Jul 6, 2017
Bernie Sanders was not named Time's Person of the Year, Donald Trump was. (Hey, I don't like it either).
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level 43
Oct 11, 2017
And Bernie Sanders wasn't the nominee. Also, you have Andropov's name in the clue about him.