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02-01-1939

Hitler named Time Magazine's "Man of the Year"

On this day in 1938 Adolf Hitler was awarded “Man of the Year” by Time Magazine in its annual issue. Time’s selection of “Man of the Year,” which has since been renamed to “Person of the Year,” dates back to 1927 with Charles Lindbergh being the first person to receive the title. Though giving Hitler the award had been seen as a controversial choice, Time has since given the recognition to other controversial figures such as Joseph Stalin, Osama Bin Laden, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Donald Trump. The publication claims to pick it's recipients by analyzing how much coverage they had in the media over a given year.