Grant, U.S. General. The other Union generals were complaining to President Lincoln that Grant was always drinking and drunk. Lincoln replied ...find out what whiskey he is drinking and make sure all the other generals start drinking the same.
The man who saved the world... 50 years ago, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain's order to launch nuclear torpedos against US warships and setting off what might well have been a terminal superpower nuclear war. His story is finally being told - the BBC is airing a documentary on it.