Who Will Be ‘The 2013 Person Of The Year’?
Once each year, Time Magazine names ‘The Person Of The Year’. It determines the person who has done the most to influence the events of the year.
Keep in mind that it could be for better or worse. For example, some notorious leaders have been named.
In 1938 non other than Adolf Hitler himself was named Person of the Year. Others would include Joseph Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev of the USSR.
As a result of the public backlash it received from the United States for naming the Ayatollah Khomeini Man of the Year in 1979, Time has shied away from using figures that are controversial in the United States.
A great example of this would be Time’s Person of the Year 2001, immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, was New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, although the stated rules of selection, the individual or group of individuals who have had the biggest effect on the year’s news, made Osama bin Laden a more likely choice.
So who was the first person to ever receive the title? Well that’s a story in itself. The story tells how this whole thing got started in the first place.
The year was 1927 and it was an attempt to remedy the editorial embarrassment earlier that year of not having aviator Charles Lindbergh on its cover following his historic trans-Atlantic flight. By the end of the year, it was decided that a cover story featuring Lindbergh as the Man of the Year would make things right.
The list from 1927 thru 2012 is now ready for the 2013 entry. We’re three days away from the end of Time’s 2013 Person of the Year poll.
Here’s an update on where things stand. Miley Cyrus leads the rankings with 20.2% of the votes, followed by Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi with 18.6% and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with 18.3%.