(Thursday, December 12, 1861) — Union General William Tecumseh today picked up a copy of the Cincinnati Daily Commercial and read, “General W.T. Sherman, late commander of the Department of the Cumberland, is insane. It appears that he was at times when commanding in Kentucky, stark mad…”
After other newspapers parroted the claim, Sherman, by his own admission, sank “into a perfect ‘slough of despond,” and even contemplated suicide.
(Saturday, December 12, 1981) — Wrack My Brain by Ringo Starr peaked at #65 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week. It is the former Beatle’s last appearance on the Hot 100 chart (to date, written by fellow ex-Beatle George Harrison).