There were Russian Orthodox missionaries in California in the 1500s. That's just fascinating to me -- Jamestown hadn't even been founded yet, hardly anyone from outside had any significant presence on the east coast, but the Russians were off seeking to save souls along the Pacific!
I like Manmohan Singh. Someone in his government is involved in the UN oil-for-food scam, thereby threatening his dream of showing the world that India has the potential to be an upstanding world power and doesn't have to be governed by corrupt loonies, and what does he do? Hint: it doesn't involve making excuses for the fellow.