Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Happy Guy Fawkes Day, everyone!

Not sure who Guy Fawkes is or what this day represents?  Well, you wouldn’t be the only one.

November 5th marks the day of the capture of Guy Fawkes, one of the conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.  The plot was one in which a group of militant Catholics attempted to overthrow the Protestant government in England by assassinating King James I and blowing up parliament.  Their goal was to replace James with his 9 year old daughter, Princess Elizabeth, ensuring a Catholic monarchy.

While it was not Fawkes who had planned the assault, he was the poor sucker who got caught in the basement of Westminster Palace with a stash of gunpowder.  He was taken to the Tower of London and tortured until he revealed the names of his co-conspirators.  While his comrades were hanged and quartered before him, Fawkes managed to avert a grim ending by jumping off the scaffolding on which he was to be hung and snapping his neck, resulting in instant death.  His body was quartered and sent to four corners of the United Kingdom to act as a warning to those who considered treason.

The British celebrate Guy Fawkes Night each year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes (as well as Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron, Katie Price and whoever else the mob fancies).

It is a night to behold, so if you’re in the UK make sure you get in on the fun!

When:  November 5th, 2012

Where:  Throughout the United Kingdom

Note: You may recognize the image of Guy Fawkes used frequently as a representative of anarchy, as in V for Vendetta or for the Occupy movement.  Guy Fawkes wasn’t an anarchist but his face has somehow become a symbol of it.  Weird.

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