On This Day

What Happened on November 5, 1605

Article: 400 Years of Celebration After Plotters Fail to Kill a King

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

English Catholic Conspirator Guy Fawkes
English Catholic Conspirator
Guy Fawkes
King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI

1605 Highlights

About November 5, 1605

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 414 years, 6 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Scorpio