July 11, 1804 - After years of personal and political bitterness, former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr dueled at Weehawken, New Jersey. Both men fired a shot, Hamilton's missed (some believe on purpose), but Burr's landed. Hamilton died the next day from his injuries. Burr was acquitted of murder charges, but the criticism of him that followed basically put an end to his political career.
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