On This Day

What Happened in November 1605

Historical Events


400 Years of Celebration After Plotters Fail to Kill a King400 Years of Celebration After Plotters Fail to Kill a King

Nov 5 Gunpowder Plot: Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes attempts to blow up King James I and the British Parliament. Plot discovered, Guy Fawkes caught, tortured and later executed along with seven others. Celebrated ever since as Guy Fawkes Day, where his effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire, accompanied by fireworks.
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Guy Fawkes by Charles Gogin, painted 1870. York Museums Trust.
Guy Fawkes by Charles Gogin, painted 1870. York Museums Trust.

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 8 Robert Catesby, English conspirator (b. 1573)