TIME has been granting the annual honor to recipients since 1927 when Charles Lindbergh was granted the award. Since then, notable men and women have been named as a calendar year's most important person, but general groups have also been named by the publication as well.
"The Good Samaritans," "The Middle Americans," "Ebola fighters," "The Whistleblowers" -- each of these groups has been named "Person of the Year" in the past as an attempt to raise the profile of a general cause or storyline that captured global attention in a given year.
Click through for a full look back at TIME's Person of the Year recipients:
- This article was initially published on AOL.com: TIME magazine 'Person of the Year' recipients through the years