‘Jeopardy!’ Recalls Infamous Historical Event with ‘On This Day’ Throwback

by Megan Molseed
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What is the pivotal moment of one of Broadway’s hottest shows? What is the most famous duel in American history? The answer to both questions, of course, is the “Jeopardy!” Instagram Page’s Sunday afternoon post.

“Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton’s infamous duel took place #OTD in 1804,” read the Sunday afternoon Insta post. The Instagram picture included a description of the relationship between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, as well as what lead up to that deadly series of events.

“Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton were longtime political foes,” the “Jeopardy!” post noted. The message continued saying that the final straw came when a newspaper report quoted Hamilton “uttering a despicable opinion of Burr.”

We’ve all seen the play by now. Whether it be live on stage or Disney +, most of us have seen Lin-Manuel Miranda’s depiction of this event. This Instagram post is even better when we look at yesterday’s photo. A clue asking the Insta fans to name Broadway Musicals by their opening numbers.

Dare we say it…”we aren’t going to miss this shot” as we recognize the day with “Hamilton” references galore. The first song in the hit Broadway event? Why it’s “Alexander Hamilton” of course!

“Jeopardy!” Hits Insta With a Broadway Question – Perfect For Sunday’s Historical Event

It would be hard to not recognize this particular musical by the song. This performance is extra unique, in light of the “Jeopardy!” Instagram’s Sunday post since much of the story – and the character of Alexander Hamilton – is introduced by the character that would later cause his death.

“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean, by providence. Impoverished, in squalor grow up to be a hero and a scholar?” Burr asks during the Broadway hit’s opening number. It’s almost as if, at this point, he knows what we, the audience knows and his frustration over his political colleague’s eventual decisions will lead him to an action that will forever be connected to his own name.

Even at the end of the opening number, Burr’s frustration towards the character of Hamilton, as well as his choice to settle things via a duel become clear.

Each player who portrays an important piece in Hamilton’s life announces the connection they had with the politician. His wife loved him. Hamilton’s fellow soldiers? They fought with him. General George Washington? He trusted him.

Burr, however, summed his relationship with Hamilton up with one line: “And me? I’m the damn fool that shot him.”

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