Trivia Questions About Time Magazine's Person of the Year

On January 7, 1929, Walter Chrysler, the founder of the Chrysler Corporation, was named Time magazine's Man of the Year.  See if you can answer these trivia questions about the selections chosen by this popular magazine over the years...


What Non-Human Was Chosen Man of the Year in 1982? # Time's Person of the Year has been around since 1928 when the feature was created by accident. Photo source: Bigstock Time did not always name a person to grace the cover of the magazine. In 1982, the computer won Man of the Year. It wasn’t the only time an object won the title rather than a person. In 1988, the winner was Earth, our own little home planet, at a time when climate change was coming to the forefront. However, instead of Man of the Year, it was named Planet of the Year.

When Did Time Begin Naming a Man of the Year? # The Person of the Year is chosen by the readers, who vote for their choice. Photo source: Bigstock It began in 1928 with Charles Lindbergh, the historic aviator who flew his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, from New York to Paris, France, in the first solo transatlantic flight. However, the first Man of the Year was a happy accident that turned into a yearly event.

During the first week of 1928, nothing much was going on, but Time had always used a red-bordered portrait of a significant person that week for its cover. The editors were stymied and decided to place the picture of a Man of the Year instead of the usual Man of the Week on the cover. Lindbergh was an easy choice and hadn’t been featured for his historic flight at the time it was made.


When Was Time’s Man of the Year Changed to Person of the Year? In 1999, the magazine award was changed to Person of the Year. In the long history of the magazine feature, a woman had won only four times. In 1936, Wallis Simpson won, apparently because her marriage to Edward VIII of England caused him to abdicate the British throne. Next came Elizabeth II in 1952, the year she ascended to the throne of Great Britain as queen.

Corazon Aquino was named in 1986 when she was elected president of the Philippines, and Angela Merkel, first female chancellor of Germany, was named in 2015. In other years when women were named, they were included in groups, such as the American Women cover in 1975.

Who Won Person of the Year in 2006? You did. In 2006, Time chose to recognize all the anonymous people who contributed to content sites such as YouTube, Wikipedia, social networks and other sites. This wasn’t the only occasion that Time used unnamed persons as its winner. The American soldier was the winner in 1950 and again in 2003.

Who did TIME Magazine select as "Person of the Year" for 2017? # TIME magazine has named the Silence Breakers, the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment, as its 2017 Person of the Year. "The Silence Breakers" designates a broad range of people from this year's first public accusers of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein to those who shared their stories of abuse using the hashtag #MeToo.

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