TIME Person Of The Year

It began as an afterthought. It evolved into a journalistic tradition. Today it's an American institution with global resonance. TIME's selection of the Person of the Year highlights the powerful personalities who shape our world in ways both creative and destructive. Starting in 1927--when the editors invented the concept to make up for not running a cover story on Charles Lindbergh after his transatlantic flight--the choices have formed a fascinating reflection of history in the making. The public has joined in the process, passionately suggesting candidates and just as passionately debating the selections. Now people can experience the entire POY heritage...

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