5. He was serenaded by Barbra Streisand at his 90th birthday party

When Peres celebrated his 90th birthday last year, the party’s guest list was pretty impressive. Among those who came to fete the statesman were Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. “Every one of us who has been blessed enough to know you,” Clinton told Peres, “has been made a little bigger, a little stronger, and a little more optimistic.” Added Blair, apparently to the nation of Israel, “We have our queen, and you have your Shimon.” Also at the event, the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winning performer—and star of “Yentl”!—Barbra Streisand serenaded Peres with his favorite song, “Avinu Malkeinu.”