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On the 5th of November every year people around the UK gather around a bonfire and set a "Guy" on fire. Children throughout the UK learn the story of Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators planning to blow up the Houses of Parliament but being caught at the last moment. For those outside the UK the whole experience must be bewildering.

To celebrate 5th November, here are five facts you may not have known about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot of 1605.

  1. He was born in Stonegate, York.
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  2. He had three sisters.

  3. He fought in the Eighty Year War for Catholic Spain against the Dutch Republic.

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4.They leased the undercroft (storage room) under the House of Lords.
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5 He was tortured, but jumped to his death before he was executed
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If you would like to learn more about Guy Fawkes, his Wikipedia page has plenty of information.