On this day

On November 5, 1605, the plot of English Catholics, called the Gunpowder Treason Plot, to assassinate King James I of England was discovered. Guy Fawkes, who was responsible for placing the barrels filled with gunpowder underneath the Houses of the Parliament, was arrested and the barrels were found.

Experts calculated if the barrels of gunpowder had been exploded not only theĀ Parliament but half of London downtown would have fallen into ruin.

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