(Friday, July 2, 1915, at approximately 11:40 p.m. EDT; during World War I) — A tremendous explosion caused by a time bomb wrecked the east reception room on the main floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol Building just before midnight tonight, causing considerable damage but hurting no one.
Video: 'LAWRENCE WELK AND HIS CHAMPAGNE MUSIC - 1955'
(Saturday, July 2, 1955, 9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) — The Lawrence Welk Show, hosted by big band leader Lawrence Welk, premiered tonight on ABC-TV under its original title The Dodge Dancing Party. The musical variety show ran for 27 years, both on the network and in syndication.
Video: 'August 25, 1955 - Senator Lyndon B. Johnson before flying to Texas to recuperate from heart attack.'
(Saturday, July 2, 1955) — Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson, a 60-cigarette-per-day smoker, suffered a near-fatal heart attack today at age 46 and will be unable to return to active duty at this Congressional session (click here for a clip reporting on today’s event on “American Experience: LBJ” at 42:33).
Video: 'Peter Jennings - Hiroshima: Why the Bomb was Dropped (1995)' (July 2, 1945, at 43:20)
(Monday, July 2, 1945, 11:00 a.m. EWT; during World War II) — U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson made one last effort to convince President Harry S. Truman that the war might end if the Japanese were offered a chance to surrender with the Emperor left in place during a meeting today at the White House.