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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.

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