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Guy Fawkes Day

Guy Fawkes Day started in 1605 and is always commemorated in England on November 5th. It was an uprising of English Catholics who were distressed about the increased severity of laws prohibiting the practice of their religion by the Protestant King James I. They plotted to blow up Parliament but the authorities were informed by an anonymous tipper, broke into the hideaway, and found Guy Fawkes guarding the gunpowder! The day is celebrated with fireworks and he is burned in effigy. For more information on this history, see:

Faith and treason: the story of the Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser

The second oldest profession. Part 1 [sound recording]: a world history of espionage by Jeffrey Burds

For a modern [distopian] fictionalization of Guy Fawkes day, see:

V for Vendetta [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Virtual Studios, a Silver Pictures production in association with Anarchos Productions Inc.