Daily Archives: August 2, 2013

U.S. President Warren G. Harding dies in San Francisco 90 years ago this hour (1923)


Video: 'Warren G. Harding: America's 29th President' (Aug. 2, 1923, at 12:48)

(Thursday, August 2, 1923, 7:30 p.m. Pacific Coast time, 10:30 p.m. EST) — Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, shuddered and died suddenly tonight of congestive heart failure during a conversation with his wife in the Palace Hotel’s presidential suite in San Francisco, California. Harding, who was 57, would be succeeded as president by Vice President Calvin Coolidge four hours later.

JFK greeted by family after landing by helicopter at Hyannis Port 50 years ago today (1963)


Video: 'Hyannis Port, August 1963: 2-5'

(Friday, August 2, 1963, late afternoon) — In a scene captured on film and widely shown in future years, a military helicopter carrying U.S. President John F. Kennedy landed today on the lawn of the Kennedy house at Hyannis Port. Waiting for him are his children and Jackie, obviously pregnant with the couple’s third child and in a simple pink summer dress.