Donati, Shane O’Neill and the Catholic Relief Act: 3 things that happened On This Day 2 June

What happened on this day in history? We round up three famous events, births, battles and deaths...

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2 June

1567: Death of Shane O’Neill (also known as Shane the Proud), chief of the O’Neill clan in the Ulster region. His head was sent to the English government in Dublin and displayed on a pike.

1858: Italian astronomer Giovanni Battista Donati recorded the comet that bears his name. Donati’s comet is one of the brightest of the 19th century, and would be the first comet to be photographed.

1780: Lord George Gordon led a crowd of 50,000 to the House of Commons to demand the repeal of the Catholic Relief Act of 1778. Five days of rioting followed before the army was called in to restore order.
 

Compiled by Julian Humphrys – You can follow Julian on Twitter @GeneralJules

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