Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Gunpowder Day, In the News, and Enjoy

Gunpowder Day - Today is Gunpowder Day!

In 1603, King James I took the throne in England. An avid Protestant, he began persecuting Catholics. He forbid Catholics from practicing their religion ,and punished Catholics who did not convert to the Protestant church.

The Gunpowder Conspirators were a group of Catholics who sought to take action against the king. They plotted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament. They planned to do so, when the king and his supporters were in the buildings.

Their plot was uncovered on November 5, 1605. Thirty six barrels of gunpowder were found in the basement of Parliament. Guy Fawkes, the leader of the conspiracy, was arrested and tortured until he confessed. He was arrested just as he was about to ignite the gunpowder.

How do people in England celebrate Gunpowder Day? They do so, with fireworks and bonfires.

In the News - They walk among us!

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    Enjoy - Relax and enjoy these images and videos!