Very Important Persons (of the Year)

Every year since 1927, the editors of Time have named a Person (or Machine or Planet) of the Year. The honor is bestowed upon "the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill." How well do you know these Very Important Persons? Here are a dozen questions about Time's choices.

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Barack Obama was chosen as Person of the Year in 2008. Who received the honor in 2007?
Al Gore
Vladimir Putin
J.K. Rowling
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When was "Endangered Earth" named Planet of the Year?
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The Person of the Year has been awarded since 1927. Who was the first recipient?
Henry Ford
Charles Lindbergh
Babe Ruth
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When was Queen Elizabeth II named Person of the Year? (Hint: It was a few months before her coronation.)
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Because Time explains that the award will be given to "the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill," some argued Osama bin Laden should have been named Person of the Year in 2001. Who did Time editors choose instead?
George W. Bush
Rudy Giuliani
Todd Beamer
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When was the computer named Machine of the Year?
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Who is the only person to be selected as Person of the Year three times?
Bill Clinton
Dwight Eisenhower
Franklin Roosevelt
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A few years ago, Time's selection was criticized (and ridiculed). Who or what was named Person of the Year in 2006?
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In December of 1989, who was named Man of the Decade?
Ronald Reagan
Mikhail Gorbachev
Pope John Paul II
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Every President since Franklin Roosevelt has been named Person of the Year except one. Who did Time leave out?
George H.W. Bush
Jimmy Carter
Gerald Ford
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Which one of the following people was NEVER Time's Person of the Year?
Adolf Hitler
Joseph Stalin
Saddam Hussein
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As we said in question #1, Barack Obama was Time's 2008 Person of the Year. Who was NOT listed in the "Runners-Up" section?
Sarah Palin
Henry Paulson
Michael Phelps