July 11, 2017 all-day

July 11, 1804. US vice president Aaron Burr shot and mortally wounded former secretary of the treasury (and primary author of The Federalist papers) Alexander Hamilton in a duel at Weehawken, New Jersey  on this date. Hamilton had insulted Burr and refused to make a public apology. Hamilton died the next day.

Although Burr returned to Washington, DC, to execute his duties as vice president, the duel ended his political career.

Image from a painting by J. Mund. – Lord, John, LL.D. (1902). Beacon Lights of History. Vol. XI, “American Founders.” Public Domain.

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