6 Unlikely Nominees and Winners for the Nobel Prize

Weeks after mediating the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), U.S. president Donald Trump has bene nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, hence, adding on to the list for an unordinary year.

Nominated by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, he recognized Trump for his efforts in resolving timely conflicts around the world.

“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde, a four-term member of Parliament who also serves as chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, told Fox News in an exclusive interview.

Since its first recipient back in 1901, Emil von Behring, the Nobel Prize, awarded for outstanding contributions for humanity in chemistry, literature, peace, physics, and physiology or medicine, has its fair share of unlikely nominees and winners throughout time.

Here’s a list of the 5 most unlikely nominations/winners for the Nobel Peace Prize.

1) Adolf Hitler

In January 1939, Swedish Democratic MP Erik Brandt wrote to the Norwegian Nobel Committee suggesting that Hitler be given the Peace Prize; in the letter, Brandt citied the Third Reich’s “glowing love for peace” and dubbing Hitler “the Prince of Peace on Earth” as the main factors to his nomination. Although withdrew later on, Hilter still appears as a candidate in the archives.

2) Benito Mussolini

In 1935, the famed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was proposed, ironically by German law professor and French professor a mere moths before Italy’s invasion on Ethiopia.

3) Joseph Stalin

As one of the victors  of World War 2, Russian leader Joseph Stalin was nominated not once, but twice in 1945 and 1948. The nominations came from Halvdan Koht, a former Norwegian minister and historian in 1945 and by Czechoslovakian professor Wladislav Rieger in 1948, with both believed to come from political motivations. During this time, the contribution by the Soviet Union to the war effort was still fondly remembered and could even be the reason behind the nominations as well.

4) Nobody

In 1948, an obvious candidate was somehow ignored – Mahatma Ghandi, the man who led India’s non-violent movement for independence. He had been nominated 12 times before his untimely death, but was shunned. A Nobel rule says the recipient must be living and the committee did not make any exception even in this case. the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to make no award that year on the grounds that “there was no suitable living candidate”.

5) Yaaser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzakh Rabin

An example of the prize’s flaw at times. The Oslo accords seemed to many was like a good idea at that time, but eventually turned out to be a pit stop for what remains as the world’s longest running conflict.

6) Michael Jackson

The pop icon found himself in the running in 1998, even though many of the child sex abuse allegations against the “King of Pop” had not surfaced at the time, the artist’s message to “Heal the World” did not impress the Committee.

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