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17 Surprising Facts About Time Magazine's People Of The Year

Since 1927, many surprising, controversial, awful, and awesome figures have graced the year-end covers of Time magazine.

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2. The PotY is not an endorsement. Adolf Hitler, Stalin, King Faisal/OPEC, and Ayatollah Khomeini were all featured at some point. Hitler's 1938 cover (left) depicted him in a desecrated cathedral playing an organ while his victims dangled from above.


3. After his 1931 PotY feature, French PM Pierre Laval headed the Vichy regime and helped deport foreign Jews to Nazi camps. He was later arrested under Charles de Gaulle (1958 PotY), found guilty of treason, and executed by firing squads.


8. "Young People" were the People of the Year in 1966. Collective PotYs were the fashion in the '60s and '70s (e.g., "Middle Americans" in 1969). Note how the faces stagger on this cover, though.

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