Who is Guy Fawkes?

Guy Fawkes is famous for his participation in the November 5, 1605 plot to blow up the British Parliament building. A group of 13 young men gathered 36 barrels of gunpowder and stored them in a cellar underneath the House of Lords. The plan was to ignite the barrels during the King’s visit to open the Parliament session and kill the King while hopefully taking out a few other annoying members of the government as well. Unfortunately for Guy Fawkes, the King’s guards inspected the buildings before the king’s visit and Guy was discovered hanging out by the barrels of gunpowder. Nowadays, November 5th is celebrated as Guy Fawkes Day. People have bonfires and burn effigies of Guy Fawkes, although some say that instead of celebrating the safety of the king, they’re celebrating the rebel spirit of Guy Fawkes! Look here for more information: