Can you remember who tried to assassinate who?

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 Now now, let’s not bicker and argue about who killed who, this is supposed to be a happy occasion!

It’s quiz time. How many people remember the names of the people involved with failed attempts of assassinations?

Let’s try shall we:

King_George_III_-_Gainsborough_1781 King George III?

Queen_Victoria 1887 Queen Victoria (any of the 3 attempts)?

No? What about more modern then:

  Margaret_Thatcher 1983 Margaret Thatcher?

John_Major 1996 John Major?

Still drawing a blank? Well why would you know? These people failed and we wouldn’t want to publicise their names or causes, as that’s what they would want.

They wanted their ‘injustice’ known to the world, and the best way to do this is to take out a prominent figure. In history we know that if they’re successful we demand to know their names, and the press obliges. But if they’re not, the names seem to fade away.

Let’s try another:

 Portrait_of_King_James_I_&_VI King James I?

Now, how would I remember this if I didn’t know the others? ….Remember, Remember the 5th of Nove….wait I’ve got it.

Boom! (pun intended) that’s right, Guy Fawkes!

Tonight we are celebrating the failed attempt to kill the head of state in Britain in 1605, King James I. One way we do this is by burning an effigy of one of the terrorists. The chap (guy) who was on guard duty.  

And this commemoration didn’t come along by luck or chance. This was an act of Government. It was called theObservance of 5th November Act 1605’.

Talk about giving someone proper infamy.

Fawkes and the other Gunpowder Plotters cause was of course Catholicism. And for a while there, back in the olden days (as we love to call them) Guy Fawkes wasn’t the only effigy being burnt, but that of the Pope too.

Now I’m not saying that without remembering the acts of the 5th of November 1605 that Catholicism would have died out.

What I am saying is that by remembering it, the intention was to say ‘don’t try to mess with the monarchy or we will mess you up.’  And by trying to oppress the Catholics practices and executing these terrorists of their time, they became martyrs for Catholics of that time, which put there cause back about 100 years, but I think in the long run gave more power to them because of the struggle, that faith found only the most ardent followers.  For what does not kill you only makes you stronger.

It shows how one faith can not be truly opressed by another, and if it is, rebellion is sure to follow. So it’s best to let everyone get on with what they want to believe.

The real harm in remembering the Gunpowder plot has come with hundreds of people each year getting injured or even dieing because of fireworks and bonfires, not mention all the poor innocent hedgehogs.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the night as an excuse to watch fireworks make pretty shapes in the sky and saying ‘Oooooo’ and ‘Ahhhhhh’.

Just make sure you don’t end up going ‘Oooooo’ and Arghhhhh!!! I’m burning!!

Be careful out there everyone. Follow the firework code.

And here are the answers. The names of those would be assassins;

  • King George III – James Hadfield
  • Queen Victoria (the 3 attempts) – Edward Oxford, John Francis and Roderick McLea
  • Margaret Thatcher – Patrick Magee of the IRA
  • John Major – IRA (Specific name or names still unknown).

This last one was a Mortar attack on John Major along with the War Cabinet, senior government and military officials.

If this had been successful I dare say the names would have lived in infamy also, but I doubt we would be breaking out the sparklers for them each year either way.

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One Response to Can you remember who tried to assassinate who?

  1. SudoOne says:

    Infamy infamy they’ve all got it infamy. Very nice. So this is what it looks like when people research blog pieces!!! Unlike mine.
    I stood next to Thatch once. I didn’t try to kill her.

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