Profession: English Catholic Conspirator
Why Famous: Tried to blow up the English Parliament - with King James I in it. Now the 'guy' that is burned on bonfires in England on 5th November.
- 1605-11-05 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.