It was 405 years ago today in 1605, that the infamous ‘Gunpowder Plot’ in which some Catholics, most known of which was Guy Fawkes had planned to assasinate King James I of England and destroy Parliament and its members at the same time.
Catholics in England had expected King James to be more tolerant of them. In fact, he had proved to be the opposite and had ordered all Catholic priests to leave England. This so angered some Catholics that they decided to kill James and put his daughter Elizabeth on the throne ensuring that she was a Catholic. This led to a plot to kill not only the king of England, James, but also everyone sitting in the Houses of Parliament at the same time as James was there when he opened Parliament on November 5th, 1605.
Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators, having rented out a house next to the Houses of Parliament, managed to get 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar of the House of Lords. The authorities stormed it in the early hours of November 5th, where Guy Fawkes was caught, tortured and executed a few months later.
The story is remembered each November 5th when effigies of Fawkes are burned in a celebration known as ”Bonfire Night."
Note: Using the term “Happy Guy Fawkes day” shows that a person probably does not know what happened or why.