Hitler was voted Time Magazine’s man of the year in 1938
In 1938, Adolf Hitler was chosen as Time Magazine’s man of the year
The tradition of Time Magazine to choose a person of the Year began in 1927, with Time editors trying to think of newsworthy stories they could run during a period when news would be slow. The idea was also to try to remedy the editorial embarrassment earlier that year for the fact that they did not have aviator Charles Lindbergh on its cover after he made his historic trans-Atlantic flight. By the end of the year they decided that a cover story featuring Lindbergh as the Man of the Year would serve both purposes.
Since the Time Magazine Person of the Year list began, nearly every President of the United States has been a Person of the Year at least once. Except for Calvin Coolidge, in office at time of the first issue, Herbert Hoover, the next U.S. president, and Gerald Ford.
Despite the magazine’s frequent statements to the contrary, the designation is often regarded as an honor, and spoken of as an award or prize, simply based on many previous selections of admirable people. However Time magazine points out those such as Adolf Hitler in 1938, and Joseph Stalin in 1939 and again in 1942, and the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, have also been granted the title.
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