5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Time Magazine

The first issue of Time magazine made its debut on March. 3, 1923, and had the now-obscure Joseph G. Cannon (the former House Speaker) on the cover. In honor of this anniversary of the first issue, here are 5 things you probably didn't know about Time magazine.


Richard Nixon Has Appeared On The Cover 55 Times Richard Nixon has appeared on the cover of Time magazine 55 times, more than any other individual since the weekly publication began. He first graced the cover in August, 1952, three months before his election as Dwight Eisenhower's vice president.

A Commemorative Issue of Time Resulted in The Highest Sales On September 14, 2001, the magazine published a commemorative edition of the September 11 terrorist attack. It was the best-selling issue in the magazine's history, with a reported 3,397,721 of the magazines sold at newsstands. On the cover of that issue, the name Time appears behind the Twin Towers as they billow from the top with smoke and flames, with the only other print on the front being the date of the attack.


All But Three U.S. Presidents Have Been Person of the Year U.S. Presidents often appear on Time magazine covers. However, Calvin Coolidge, Gerald Ford, and Herbert Hoover are the only presidents never named Person of the Year since the magazine began. Hoover and Coolidge were the first two Presidents in the tradition’s existence, and Gerald Ford …well, he was Gerald Ford.

Creation of a Person of the Year Was Due to a Backlash From Readers Charles Lindbergh was chosen as Time's Man of the Year in 1927 because readers were upset that he had not been featured on the magazine cover after his historic transatlantic flight. Time generally chose someone for the cover who had done something notable that week, but when Lindbergh was making history with his flight, an old photo of King George V and his wife was featured on the cover wearing masquerade costumes. To cover up the embarrassment, they named Lindbergh as their first Man of the Year.

Some Real Bad Men Have Been Named Person of The Year People often believe the title of Person of the Year is synonymous with the best person of the year, but this is false. Instead, Time explicitly states that the Person of the Year is a person, group, idea, or object that has influenced the previous year “for better or for worse.” This has led to the controversial naming of figures such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin as Person of the Year.