barrels of gunpowder were discovered in a cellar underneath the UK's Parliament
building in the early hours of today. Guy Fawkes was arrested at the scene.
confessed (under torture) to being a member of a Catholic group attempting to
kill the Protestant ruling government so that it could be replaced by a Catholic
was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. He jumped from the ladder at
his execution and broke his neck in the fall.
November 5th is celebrated in Britain with the lighting of bonfires and fireworks
and the burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes, in a sort of thanksgiving that the
plot, which probably would have destroyed parliament and killed many, had it gone
ahead, was prevented.