Lucius Cincinnatus, a Roman statesman and military leader was given absolute power to rule the empire when it was attacked. After his victory, he immediately resigned his post as Dictator and went back to farming. The city of Cincinnati is named in his honor.
In preparation for a state visit by Nicolae Ceausescu, Elizabeth II ordered the guest rooms of Buckingham Palace be stripped of valuables for fears that they’d be stolen. She later described the visit as the worst three days of her life.
Former Turkmenistan president-for-life Akhbar Turkmenbashi renamed constellations and days of the week after himself and his mother.
On Christmas, 1979 the first president of Equatorial Guinea had 150 of his opponents killed; Soldiers dressed up in Santa Clause outfits and executed them in a football stadium while amplifiers played “Those Were the Days”.