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There are eight nominations for TIME Magazine’s coveted Person of the Year honor and some highly evocative choices include the Ferguson Protestors and caretakers who worked with Ebola-infected patients.

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The Ferguson protestors were a movement even before the non-indictment of Darren Wilson was announced and later on inspired the “I Can’t Breathe” juggernaut for Eric Garner when his killer, Daniel Panatelo, also went free.

Ebola became a worldwide concern this past fall, and as the scary disease spread quickly, caretakers from California to West Africa did their best to nurse patients back to good health. There were some patients who succumbed to the rare disease, but there were some amazing stories of comebacks from other patients.

Between the protestors and caretakers alone, 2014’s Person of the Year may be in honor of the everyday people.

TIME Magazine began its annual Man of the Year issue title in 1927 and it wasn’t until 1999 that it was changed from “Man” to “Person.” Ever since its commencement, it has been a controversial honor from the revered publication and here are some quick facts about the anticipated list.

The first woman to be honored was American socialite Wallis Simpson in 1936 (who was caught in a political scandal). She was succeeded by Queen Elizabeth the II in 1952, and then there was “the American woman” in 1975 — which was represented by feminist and women’s liberation leaders (and included the only African-American females noted by TIMEBarbara Jordan and Addie L. Wyatt). There hasn’t been a sole female Person of the Year since 1986, when Corazon C. Aquino graced the cover.

Altruistic and inspirational greats like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gandhi, MLK were all rightfully adulated, yet the title of Person of the Year is also in regards to someone who changed the world or shook up their field, for better or worse. Wicked leaders like Adolf Hitler and Stalin were also once honored.

As revealed on the Today show, other nominees for 2014 are rounded out with Taylor Swift, Tim Cook of Apple, Vladimir Putin, Jack Ma, Masoud Barzani, and Roger Goodell of the NFL commissioner.

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