Guy Fawkes

31 01 2009


Guy Fawkes

Originally uploaded by James Wadsworth

Today in 1606 Guy Fawkes was executed for trying to blow up the Parliament. The same year Parliament decided to have the 5th of November (the first anniversary of the gunpowder plot)  as a day of thanksgiving, therefore the origins of this day are not the celebration of someone that these days would be called a terrorist as some people think. According to Wikipedia though Guy Fawkes ranked 30th in the BBC list of The Greatest Britons voted by viewers in 2001. He came just after David Bowie and before Alexander Bell or Charles Dickens and Boy George (who, I have to admit, I don’t understand why should be in the list at all, but maybe I’m missing something important here).

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