The editors of Time Magazine have made their choice for the 85th Person of the Year - The Protestor.
In Editor Rick Stengel's words the Protestor was chosen - "for capturing and highlighting a global sense of restless promise, for upending governments and conventional wisdom, for combining the oldest of techniques with the newest of technologies to shine a light on human dignity and finally, for steering the planet on a more democratic though dangerous path for the 21st century."
The tradition of selecting a Man of the Year began in 1927 partly as a way of making up for not featuring American aviator and popular hero Charles A. Lindbergh on any cover that year. At 25 not only was Lindbergh the first Man of the Year he is still the youngest to have received the recognition. In 1999 the title was changed to Person of the Year. While considered by many as an honor, the choice designates the person who has most affected the course of history in the past year for better or for worse. Indeed some less than honorable men have been chosen: Adolf Hitler in 1938, Joseph Stalin in 1939 and 1941 and in 1979 Ayatollah Khomeini.
Since 1927 every serving President of the U.S. except for Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Gerald Ford have been chosen at least once. While several people have received the recognition twice, only one person was named three times - Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932, 1934 and 1941. In 1936 Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson, the woman English King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry, was the first woman to be named. While there have been women recognized as part of a group or with their husbands (Mme. Chiang Kai-shek and Melinda Gates) only two other women have been named individually - Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 and Corazon Aquino in 1986. Other notable covers -
- 1982 - The Computer was chosen Machine of the Year
- 1988 - The Endangered Earth
- 1989 - Mikhail Gorbachev was chosen Man of the Decade
- 1999 - Albert Einstein was chosen Person of the Century
- 1995 Current U.S. presidential candidate Newt Gingrich
- 2006 The widely criticized "You" with its shiny mirror like cover