Jan. 11: Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804): only man ever to be shot to death by a U.S. vice president (*Dick Cheney’s victim survived).

Hamilton’s duel slaying at the hands of Vice President Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804, in Weehauken, N.J., was not captured on film. In this rare 2010 footage, some student from somewhere explains how America lost one of her most brilliant and influential Founders.

Other Jan. 11 milestones:

On this day in 1913, Hudson, the first sedan-type vehicle, made its debut at a New York auto show. Viewers marveled at the new horseless carriage’s “dung-free emissions system.”

On this day in 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General issued the first report suggesting that sucking poisonous smoke that contains arsenic, lead, tar, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide into the lungs may be – duh! – “hazardous to your health.”

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