Today in World History: November 5th

Guy Fawkes was arrested on this day in 1605. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603, Scottish King James VI became James I of England, ending the reign of the Tudor dynasty and the Elizabethan era. Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators sought to kill James and end what they saw as Scottish dominance of England, along with preventing the Catholic James from massacring the Protestant citizens of England, as Mary I of England had done only half a century before. Digging a tunnel under the English parliament, Guy Fawkes was placed in charge of the explosives to be used, but the plot was discovered in late October. Originally to be to blow up the English Parliament with James and his family inside, the plan was foiled on midnight of November 4th, when an investigation found Fawkes in a tunnel under the parliament. He was promptly arrested and tortured, and was hanged on January 31st, 1606, at the age of thirty-five.


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