Happy Bonfire Night
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot.
The British are celebrating the anniversary of the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot.
A group of English Catholic conspirators including an explosives expert, Guy Fawkes, stashed 36 barrels of gunpowder in the basement of the Parliament building with the intent of blowing up the members of Parliament and King James I during the official opening of Parliament on November 5th, 1605.
Bonfire Night is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. Effigies of Guy Fawkes, and occasionally the Pope, are traditionally thrown on the fires. Effigies of modern politicians have made their appearances at the celebration.
As Robert Cecil was involved, I doubt anyone will ever know the truth about the plot.
[Editor's Note: at this point in the US I doubt you could put together a jury that would convict anyone for wanting to blow-up Congress. IMHO, if 'None of the above' was added to US ballots, more people would vote.]