Life Day 24222: Guy Fawkes Day/Gunpowder Day

November 5, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Good morning conspiracy theorists. The holidays today begin with an actual conspiracy, which was thwarted just in the nick of time.

Guy Fawkes Day/Gunpowder Day:

Guy Fawkes Day, aka Gunpowder Day, is a holiday that celebrates the anniversary of the discovery of a plot to blow up Parliament, and the King of England in 1605. Also known as the infamous Gunpowder Conspiracy of 1605 in England, it was led by Guy Fawkes and a small group of co-conspirators.

In 1603, King James I took the throne in England. An avid Protestant, he began persecuting Catholics in the country. He forbade Catholics from practicing their religion, and punished Catholics who did not convert to the Protestant church.

The Gunpowder Conspirators were a group of Catholics who sought to take action against the king. They plotted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament. They planned to do so, when the king and his supporters were in the buildings. Their plot was uncovered on November 5, 1605. Thirty six barrels of gunpowder were found in the basement of Parliament. Guy Fawkes, the leader of the conspiracy, was arrested and tortured until he confessed. He was arrested just as he was about to ignite the gunpowder.

So, how do the British celebrate Guy Fawkes/Gunpowder Day? How else? They celebrate with fireworks and bonfires. There are two possible reasons to celebrate this holiday. Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes and his small cadre of co-conspirators, for attempting to eliminate religious persecution? Or, do you celebrate the government for successfully thwarting of the plot? On which side of the argument do you fall?

Election Day:

In many parts of the country, today is election day. Because this is an “odd” year, the elections will concern mostly local issues, and possibly a few state issues as well.

Voting is a right that should not be taken lightly. If you are voting today, I hope you have done your homework and researched each issue so you can make an informed decision. I hope that you have not relied solely on commercially produced political ads with an agenda for one side or the other meant to play on your emotions, or plan to just “rubber stamp” your ballot for one political party or another. In other words, vote with your brain, not with your heart. An uninformed electorate is the reason why our government is in such a sorry state.

Doughnut Appreciation Day:

The doughnut holiday for this month is Doughnut Appreciation Day. Just last Wednesday, the 30th of October, we celebrated Buy a Doughnut Day. Like I’ve pointed out before, there is at least one doughnut holiday in every month of the year, but usually they don’t fall so closely together.

Doughnut Appreciation Day urges you to appreciate a doughnut (hopefully not the same one you bought last week; it’s probably stale by now anyway). Obtain a fresh doughnut. Appreciate the “eye  appeal” of the doughnut, the aroma and feel of the doughnut; then bite into it and savor the deliciously sweet flavor of the fried dough covered with your favorite glaze or frosting. Mmmmm! I’m drooling.

On this date in:

1844 – In California, a grizzly bear underwent a successful cataract operation at the Zoological Garden.

1872 – In the U.S., Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the presidential election. She never paid the fine.

1895 – George B. Selden received the first U.S. patent for an automobile. He sold the rights for $200,000 four years later.

1935 – The game “Monopoly” was introduced by Parker Brothers Company.

1940 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office.

1946 – John F. Kennedy was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives at the age of 29.

1956 – British and French forces began landing in Egypt during the Suez Canal Crisis. A cease-fire was declared 2 days later.

1959 – The American Football League was formed.

1963 – Archaeologists found the remains of a Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.

1974 – Ella T. Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut. She was the first woman in the U.S. to win a governorship without succeeding her husband.

1984 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NFL had exceeded antitrust limits in attempting to stop the Oakland Raiders from moving to Los Angeles.

1986 – The White House reaffirmed the U.S. ban on the sale of weapons to Iran.

1992 – Malice Green, a black motorist, was beaten to death in Detroit during a struggle with police. Two officers were later convicted in his death and sentenced to prison.

1994 – Former U.S. President Reagan announced that he had Alzheimer’s disease.

1994 – George Foreman, 45, became boxing’s oldest heavyweight champion when he knocked out Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas, NV.

1998 – In the U.S., Chairman Henry Hyde of the Judiciary Committee asked President Clinton to answer 81 questions for the House impeachment inquiry.

1998 – The U.N. announced that the Taliban militia had killed up to 5,000 civilians in a takeover of an Afghani town.

1999 – A 12-day conference on global warming, attended by delegates from 170 nations, ended in Bonn, Germany.

1999 – Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra were both arrested and charged with battery and domestic violence in a hotel in Miami Beach, FL.

1999 – U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled that Microsoft Corp. enjoyed “monopoly power”.

2001 – It was announced that European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Dubai-based Emirates airlines set up a joint venture specializing in airline services.

2009 – At Fort Hood, near Kileen, TX, Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and wounded 30 others.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Eugene Victor Debs 1855 – Union leader, Socialist Party Presidential candidate.

Will Durant 1885 – Author, historian.

Joel McCrea 1905 – Actor.

Natalie Schafer 1912 – Actress.

Roy Rogers 1912 – Cowboy actor, singer.

Vivien Leigh 1913 – Actress.

John McGiver 1913 – Actor.

Myron Floren 1918 – Accordionist. (The Lawrence Welk Show)

Ike Turner 1931 – Singer.

Billy Sherrill 1936 – Record producer.

Chris Robinson 1938 – Actor.

Elke Sommer 1940 – Actress.

Art Garfunkel 1941 – Musician (Simon and Garfunkel)

Sam Shepard 1943 – Actor, director, screen writer.

Gram Parsons 1946 – Musician (The Byrds)

Peter Noone  1947 Singer, musician. (Herman’s Hermits)

Armin Shimermin 1949 – Actor.

Bill Walton 1952 – Basketball player, sportscaster.

Jon-Erik Hexum 1958 – Actor.

Bryan Adams 1959 – Singer, songwriter.

Tatum O’Neal 1963 – Actress.

Corin Nemec 1971 – Actor.

Jeremy Lelliott 1982 – Actor.

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