It's interesting how the legend is never really based on the facts of history.
On this day in 1605, an angry English Catholic named Guy Fawkes along with a group of other angry English Catholics with other names attempted to blow the House of Lords and King James I to high heaven. The so-called Gunpowder Plot gave birth to centuries of stringent anti-Catholic legislation, an infamous graphic novel with a persecution complex, hactivism, and the abbreviated inquiry “WTF?”
Fawkes was born in 1570 in York, for which he cannot be held responsible. That he began fighting on the side of imperial Catholic Spain against the Protestant Dutch Republic in the Eighty Years War is a matter of moral culpability. It was not long before Fawkes was in Spain asking King Philip II to aid embattled Catholics in England...
...So a frustrated-up-to-here group of extremists under the leadership of the rebellious Catholic crusader Robert Catesby attempted to give the royal succession a good shove down History Lane by blowing up James and everyone who mattered.
One Catholic lord, Monteagle, was tipped off ahead of time. “The Monteagle Letter” made its way to the king, who, owing to an intuitive instinct that rivaled that of the future Mr. Sherlock Holmes, deduced that something sinister was afoot. In fact, an inspection of the parliamentary cellars on the fateful night of November 5 found Guy (now named Guido*) Fawkes guarding tubs of dynamite beneath the House of Lords. The story of Catholics in England goes downhill from there, what with the conspirators being tortured and executed and having their heads placed on pikes and such.**