Top National Enquirer editor accused of sexual misconduct

The top editor at the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other gossip magazines has been accused by former staffers of sexual misconduct, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Based on interviews with at least a dozen employees and former staffers, the wire service reported that Dylan Howard, now chief content officer of Enquirer parent company American Media, routinely spoke about his sexual escapades in the newsroom and forced employees to watch porn when overseeing the company's L.A. office.

Former staffers in the company's L.A. office said that Howard called himself "Dildo" and also discussed female employees' sex lives in front of others.

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High-profile men accused of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct
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High-profile men accused of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting or harassing dozens of women, including a number of well-known celebrities, over the past several decades.

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Matt Lauer was fired from 'Today' after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct that allegedly included giving a co-worker a sex toy and dropping his pants in front of a female employee in his office.

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Actor Jeffrey Tambor has been accused of sexual assault by two women from the Amazon series, "Transparent."  

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Sen. Al Franken is accused of kissing a groping a woman without her consent during a United Service Organizations (USO) tour in 2006.

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Eleven women have come forward accusing President Donald Trump of unwanted touching or kissing. Trump has called the sexual harassment claims 'fake news.'

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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, (D) Nevada, was accused of making repeated, unwanted propositions for dates and sex to a woman that once worked on his campaign.

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Hundreds of women accused longtime Hollywood writer and director James Toback of sexual harassment.

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Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of forcing women to watch him masturbate, according to the New York Times.

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Director Bret Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.

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Actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance towards him when he was 14 years old.

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Roger Ailes, the former president of Fox News Channel, was accused of sexually harassing former anchor Gretchen Carlson and several other women from the network.

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Several women accused TV host Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, including groping and lewd phone calls.

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Bill Cosby has faced sexual assault allegations from about 60 women, including several women who claim he drugged them.

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Mark Schwahn, the former "One Tree Hill" showrunner, was accused of sexual harassment by a large number of the show's cast and crew.

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Roy Moore faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underaged girls.

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Bill Clinton faced numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct while he was president of the United States, with accusers including Juanita Broaddrick, who accused him of rape, Kathleen Willey who said he groped her and Paula Jones who said he exposed himself to her without consent.

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Actor Casey Affleck settled lawsuits out of court wth two women who accused him of sexual harassment.  

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Bill O'Reilly has reportedly made numerous settlements with women who accused him of sexual harassment.

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Anthony Weiner, a former Democratic congressman was sentenced to 21 months in prison in September 2017 after pleading guilty to sexting a teenage girl.

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Veteran journalist Mark Halperin has been accused of sexually harassing women while he worked at ABC News.

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Singer R. Kelly is accused of holding women against their will in houses in Illinois and Georgia in a reported 'sex cult.'

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Former Fox Host Eric Bolling was accused of sending unsolicited lewd text messages to female colleagues.

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Director Roman Polanski fled the US after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Several other women have also come forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

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Chef John Besh stepped down from the company he founded after female employees reported facing sexual harassment there. 

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Photographer Terry Richardson was labeled the 'Harvey Weinstein of Fashion' by the Sunday Times amid widespread accusations of sexual harassment by models.

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Singer Kesha accused Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke of drugging and sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions.

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Former champion boxer Mike Tyson was convicted of raping a Miss Black America contestant in 1992. 

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Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by dozens of his former patients and athletes.

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Music mogul L.A. Reid left his position as Epic Records CEO/Chairman in 2017 amid harassment claims by a female assistant.

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Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigned following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress' allegation of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein.

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Several women have accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping them during photo ops.

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Chris Savino (right), creator of  'The Loud House' was suspended by Nickelodeon after being accused of making unwanted advances toward multiple women.

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Actor Steven Seagal was accused of sexual misconduct by Inside Edition's chief investigative correspondent Lisa Guerrero.

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Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director of National Public Radio, was accused of inappropriate conduct with two women in 1990s.

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Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing a production assistant when he was 48 and she was a high school senior.

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Jeremy Piven was accused by actress Ariane Bellamar of groping her on two separate occasions. Piven 'unequivocally' denied the allegations.

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Ben Affleck apologized for acting 'inappropriately' towards Hilarie Burton during an appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" in 2003.

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Andy Dick was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct on set, including groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions.

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Four women, including several that were also fellow Scientologists, have accused actor Danny Masterson of sexual assault, according to HuffPost.

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Actor Ed Westwick was accused by actress Kristina Cohen of raping her in his home.

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David Guillod, producer of 'Atomic Blonde,' is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting several woman.

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Andrew Kreisberg, the showrunner for "Supergirl," was suspended in November 2017 amid numerous sexual harassment allegations by members of his staff.

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Actor Tom Sizemore was reportedly told to leave a film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he had touched her genitals.

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Steve Jurvetson left his own venture capital firm after allegations of sexual harassment

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A former model accused George Takei of sexually assaulting him 36 years ago.

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Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo accused former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexually assaulted her at an award ceremony in 2013.

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A former writer for 'Mad Men' said the show's creator Matthew Weiner told her that she owed it to him to let him see her naked.

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Ron Jeremy has been accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women and the allegations span more than 30 years.

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Multiple women accused producer Adam Fields of touching them inappropriately and sexually propositioning them.

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Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been accused of unwanted sexual advances by former staffers.

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John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, was accused of crossing the line with employees, including unwanted hugs.

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Singer Nick Carter was accused of rape by a former member of the all-girl teen band Dream, Melissa Schuman.

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A singer accused billionaire Richard Branson of sexual assault during an event as his Necker Island in the Caribbean. Branson says he has no recollection of the matter.

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Talent agent Adam Venit is accused of grabbing actor Terry Crews' genitals.

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Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez), Marilyn Manson former longtime bassist, was accused of rape by singer Jessicka Addams.

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Lockhart Steele, Vox Media's editorial director was fired after a former employee accused him of sexual harassment.

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Producer Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein's brother, has also been accused of sexual harassment. 

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Jesse Lacey of  the band, Brand New, was accused of sexual misconduct, including soliciting nude photos from a teen girl in the past.

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Senior Correspondent for E! News Ken Baker California was accused of sexual harassment by two women.

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American film director Oliver Stone was accused of groping model and actress Carrie Stevens in the 1990s.

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Reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended by the New York Times after several women accused him of acting inappropriately when they were young journalists.

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Veteran radio host Garrison Keillor was fired by Minnesota Public Radio following claim of improper behavior.

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CNN producer Teddy Davis was fired after multiple accusations of harassment.

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Producer Russell Simmons stepped down from his companies following sexual assault and harassment accusations from two women.

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Longtime conductor James Levine was suspended by New York's Metropolitan Opera after sexual abuse claims.

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Dylan Howard, editor in chief of the National Enquirer, was accused of sexual misconduct by several former employees, including forcing them to watch porn and openly discussing his sexual partners.

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"X-Men" director Bryan Singer was accused of raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in a lawsuit filed in December.

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Harold Ford, Jr.

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Chef Mario Batali has been accused by multiple women of "inappropriate touching in a pattern of behavior that spans at least two decades."

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PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley's show was suspended amid misconduct allegations made against him.

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According to the AP, Howard stepped down from the L.A. office in 2012 after two employees filed claims about his behavior in the workplace and the company hired an outside consultant to conduct an internal investigation.

Cam Stracher, a laywer for American Media, told the AP the inquiry found no serious wrongdoing that would justify disciplinary action or firing.

One year later, Howard was rehired and promoted to a new, loftier position in American Media's New York office, the wire service wrote.

A spokesperson for American Media was not immediately available for comment, but Howard told the AP the claims of ex-employees were "baseless."

The Enquirer is the flagship tabloid of David Pecker's American Media, an increasingly influential publisher with close ties to President Donald Trump.

In March, Jann Wenner announced the sale of Us Weekly — which his Wenner Media had owned since 1985 — to Pecker's American Media for a reported $100 million. The glossly weekly had 1.9 million paid copies per week and an online presence of more than 22 million visitors per month.

More recently, American Media has been floated as a potential buyer of Time Magazine after Meredith Corporation last week announced plans to buy the magazine's parent company, Time Inc.

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All of TIME's Person of the Year recipients

**Click through the following slides to see every TIME Person of the Year recipient since the tradition began in 1927.** 

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2017: The Silence Breakers, #MeToo Movement

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2016: President-elect Donald Trump

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2015: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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2014: Ebola fighters

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2013: Pope Francis

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2012: President Barack Obama

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2011: The Protester

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2010: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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2009: Ben Bernanke

  • Chairman of the Federal Reserve during the recession 

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2008: President-elect Barack Obama

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2007: Russian President Vladimir Putin

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2006: 'You'

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2005: Good Samaritans

  • Bill Gates
  • Bono
  • Melinda Gates

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2004: President George W. Bush

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2003: The American solider

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2002: The Whistleblowers

  • Sherron Watkins, Enron
  • Cynthia Cooper, WorldCom 
  • Coleen Rowley, the FBI

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2001: New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani

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2000: President-elect George W. Bush

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1999: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

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1998: President Bill Clinton and independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr

  • Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives as a result of Starr's investigation

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1997: Founder of Intel Andrew Grove

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1996: HIV/Aids researcher Dr. David Ho

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1995: House Speaker Newt Gingrich 

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1994: Pope John Paul II 

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1993: The Peacekeepers

  • Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
  • African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela
  • South African President Frederik W. de Klerk
  • Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat 

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1992: President-elect Bill Clinton

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1991: Founder of CNN Ted Turner 

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1990: President George H.W. Bush

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1989: Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union  

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1988: The endangered earth

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1987: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

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1986: Philippines' President Corazon Aquino

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1985: Chinese communist leader Deng Xiaoping

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1984: Peter Ueberroth

  • The man behind the Los Angeles Olympics

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1983: President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Yuri Andropov

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1982: The computer

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1981: Polish labor activist Lech Walesa

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1980: President-elect Ronald Reagan

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1979: Ruhollah Khomeini, Supreme religious leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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1978: Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and statesman

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1977: President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat 

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1976: President-elect Jimmy Carter

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1975: American Women
  • Susan Brownmiller
  • Kathleen Byerly 
  • Alison Cheek 
  • Jill Conway 
  • Betty Ford
  •  Ella Grasso 
  • Carla Hills
  • Barbara Jordan
  • Billie Jean King
  • Carol Sutton
  • Susie Sharp
  • Addie L. Wyatt
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1974: King Faisal of Saudi Arabia

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1973: Chief District Judge John J. Sirica 

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1972: President Richard Nixon with National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger

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1971: President Richard Nixon 

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1970: German Chancellor Willy Brandt

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1969: The Middle Americans

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1968: Apollo 8 astronauts

  • James Lovell
  • William Anders
  • Frank Borman

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1967: President Lyndon B. Johnson

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1966: Men and women aged 25 and under, 'Baby Boomers'

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1965: General William Westmorland

  • Senior commander of American troops in Vietnam (1964-1968)

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1964: President-elect Lyndon B. Johnson

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1963: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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1962: Pope John XXIII 

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1961: President-elect John F. Kennedy 

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1960: US Scientists

  • George Beadle
  • Charles Draper
  • John Enders
  • Donald A. Glaser
  • Joshua Lederberg
  • Willard Libby
  • Linus Pauling
  • Edward Purcell
  • Isidor Rabi
  • Emilio Segre
  • William Shockley
  • Edward Teller
  • Charles Townes
  • James Van Allen
  • Robert Woodward

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1959: President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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1958: President of France Charles de Gaulle

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1957: Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev

  • Politician who led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War

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1956: Hungarian freedom fighters

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1955: GM executive vice-president Harlow Curtice 

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1954: Secretary of State John Foster Dulles

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1953: Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of Germany

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1952: Queen Elizabeth II

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1951: Prime Minister Of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh

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1950: The American Fighting Man

  • Signified troops fighting during the Korean War

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1949: Winston Churchill, English statesman, author and prime minister

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1948: President Harry Truman 

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1947: Secretary of State George Marshall, Jr.

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1946: Secretary of State James F. Byrnes

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1945: President Harry Truman

  • He put an end to World War II by using the atomic bomb against Japan in 1945.

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1944: General Dwight D. Eisenhower

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1943: US Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Marshall

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1942: Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

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1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • The president called the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, 'a date which will live in infamy.'

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1940: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill

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1939: Joseph Stalin,  Secretary General of the All-Union Communist Party

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1938: Adolf Hitler

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1937: General Chiang Kai-Shek and his wife, Mei-Ling Soong

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1936: Wallis Simpson

  • Well known in London society, she met Edward, Prince of Wales in 1931, She obtained a divorce in 1936, the year of his accession, and he made it plain to the British government that he was determined to marry her, even if it meant giving up the throne. They married in 1937 in France, the Royal Family did not accept her until the late 1960s. 

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1935: Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia

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1934: President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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1933: General Hugh S. Johnson 

  • Speech writer for Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Named head of National Recovery Administration by FDR

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1932: President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt

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1931: French Prime Minister Pierre Laval

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1930: Mahatma Ghandi 

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1929: Owen D. Young

  • His 'Young Plan' settled German reparations debts after WWI

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1928: Walter Chrysler

  • American automobile manufacturer
  • Built the Chrysler Building in New York in 1928

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1927: American aviator Charles Lindbergh

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