A short Animated Narration of the history of Bonfire Night in England on November 5th.
Short historical videos by Five Minded are great for kids as they include animated graphics and audio narration of each story from history.
In 1605, Guy Fawkes and his friends wanted to blow up important buildings in London where the King and his leaders were so someone else would rule England instead. He was caught before he did this so nobody was hurt, and it’s because of him that we celebrate Bonfire Night on 5 November.
Guy Fawkes didn’t do this alone – he had a group of people working on the plan with him. They filled up the basement in the houses of Parliament in London with lots and lots of gunpowder, which would have caused the buildings to explode and also kill King James I and other people in charge of the country. Fortunately, they were caught before this happened, and Guy Fawkes went to jail on 5 November – we remember this every year on Bonfire Night.
King James I decreed that 5 November should be the day that people always celebrate that the Gunpowder Plot didn’t happen.
On Bonfire Night, grown-ups set off fireworks, light bonfires, and sometimes burn a doll that looks like Guy Fawkes.
Top 5 facts
1. 5 November is known as Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night.
2. Guy Fawkes was born on 13 April 1570 in York, and died on 31 January 1606 in London.
3. It was actually Robert Catesby who led the Gunpowder Plot, not Guy Fawkes – there were 13 people involved.
4. The job Guy Fawkes had in the Gunpowder Plot was to guard the 36 barrels of gunpowder that had been stored in a basement underneath the House of Lords.
5. Guy Fawkes was arrested in the basement on the day he was going to light the gunpowder, 5 November, and he was taken to the Tower of London.
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