Mohammad Mosaddeq is named Time Magazine's Man of the Year

For his sudden rise in popularity inside and outside of Iran, his defiance of the British, and his fight for democracy, Mosaddeq was named as Time Magazine's 1951 Man of the Year.

Other notables considered for the title that year included Dean Acheson, then-General (and future President) Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur.

On his return to Iran in November 1951, he stopped at Farouk airport in Cairo, Egypt and was greeted by thousands of admirers who chanted "LONG LIVE MOSSADEGH" and "LONG LIVE IRAN." During his three day visit, the Egyptian King, Premier, Cabinet and other dignitaries honored Mossadegh personally, and a gala dinner was given in his honor by the municipality of Cairo. By January 1952, Mossadegh was named Time magazine's Man of the Year, his second Time cover in a span of 7 months.