Today in history — July 11

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July 11, 2019 - 10:24 AM

On July 11, 1972, the World Chess Championship opened as grandmasters Bobby Fischer of the U.S. and Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union began play in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Fischer won after 21 games.)

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In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J. (Hamilton died the next day.)

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