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Time Magazine's Person of the Year: 1980 - 1989

We can tell a lot about a decade by the people (or things in this case) chosen by Time Magazine as their person of the year.  It gives us a sense of the important events and societal changes that were going on during the 1980s.

 

 


1980
Ronald Reagan
(b.1911–d.2004)
 
1981
Lech Wałęsa
(b.1943)
 
1982
The Computer (first non-human "abstract" chosen)
 
1983
Ronald Reagan
(b.1911–d.2004) (2nd time) and Yuri Andropov
(b.1914–d.1984)
             

1984
Peter Ueberroth
(b.1937)
 
1985
Deng Xiaoping
(b.1904–d.1997) (2nd time)
 
1986
Corazón Aquino
(b.1933-d.2009)
 
1987
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (b.1931)
             

1988
Endangered Earth
("Planet of the Year")
 
1989
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (b.1931)
(Man of the Decade)
       

 

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