On this day 5th November 1605 Guy Fawkes was arrested when around 30 barrels of gunpowder, camouflaged with coal, were discovered in the cellar of London's Parliament. Robert Catesby's small band of Catholic zealots who planned to blow up James I and Parliament were only arrested after Fawkes revealed their names when tortured on the rack. The 'Gunpowder Plot' is commemorated each year in Britain on 5th November 'Guy Fawkes Night'
Jan 31, 1606 Three illustrations in a horizontal alignment. The leftmost shows a woman praying, in a room. The rightmost shows a similar scene. The centre image shows a horizon filled with buildings, from across a river. The caption reads "Westminster". At the top of the image, "The Gunpowder Plot" begins a short description of the document's contents.
NOV. 5, 1605: Guy Fawkes arrested and The Gunpowder Plot of Fawkes and 12 others to blow up Parliament was discovered. image: Unattributed engraving of Guy Fawkes and fellow conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot, 1605
Guy Fawkes Day: "Please to remember the fifth of November." Fawkes, along with a group of catholic conspirators, planned to blow up the House of Lords with gunpowder in order to kill the Protestant king James. Their plot was discovered and failed, but was not forgotten.