We don't have 4th July or Thanks Giving, but this is our big night for fireworks and jolly good it is too.
Guy Fawkes was a member of a gang of traitors who attempted to blow up the King and Parliament but was foiled at the last minute.
His fate was the usual for this sort of crime...
First off he was tortured - I mean REAL torture, the sort of torture that inspired men to smash their own heads in against their cell walls so they would not have to face it. This persuaded him to give the names of his accomplices.
Then he was executed. Again, we are talking nasty - he was hung, drawn and quartered.
Hung: not dropped so the neck broke for a quick death, but raised up so he choked, but did not die.
Drawn: the stomach was slit open and the insides slowly pulled out. If done properly the victim would remain conscious the whole time.
Quartered: finally, he was beheaded and dismembered.
Mel Gibson recreates this really well at the end of Braveheart...
Guy Fawkes night - the day we celebrate a time when the punishment really did fit the crime.
Have a good one!