A duel and a death.  On July 11,1804, Aaron Burr fatally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Burr was Thomas Jefferson’s Vice President and Hamilton was a force behind the Constitution. The shooting was the climax of a twenty year grudge.  Hamilton, who was a Federalist, loathed Burr, who was a Republican.  Hamilton publicly insulted Burr and his character. Burr proposed a duel. Affairs of honor were commonplace in America at the time, and the complex rules governing them usually led to an honorable resolution before any actual firing of weapons, but not in this case. The enemies met at 7 a.m. at the dueling grounds near Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the same spot where Hamilton’s son had died defending his father’s honor in 1801. Hamilton’s shot went high, perhaps intentionally, while Burr’s bullet hit Hamilton in the stomach. The next day, July 12th, Hamilton died along with Burr’s career in politics.

Fun Fact July 12, 2021.