The opening line of John Milton's poem In Quintum Novembris is "Recall, remember November 5th.." (On the Fifth of November). The poem made reference to the events of November 5, 1605. Sir Walter Raleigh and his crew were attempting to escape from England after being convicted of treason. They had sailed from Plymouth on the third of July and reached a Spanish port called Santa Cruz. There they met with an unfortunate accident when one of their ships was wrecked during a storm. All but three of the passengers and crew were killed. For this reason, today is now known as "Dead Man's Day" in Spain.
Milton used this event as inspiration for a dramatic work that was first performed on November 5, 1612. The play is called "The Maydenhead's Mayle". Young William Shakespeare was employed by Thomas Nash to copy parts of another play called "Romeo and Juliet". At the time, Shakespeare did not know that these events were already part of history. He based his story on a real-life incident that occurred in France in 1415. Two young lovers from different families were forced to marry against their will. One of them later died alone and childless. It is possible that this is why we find evidence that Shakespeare owned a copy of "Le Moyne de Vaugelas's Latin Dictionary". This book contained entries related to the French language at the time.
As a result, "Remember, remember November 5th" refers to the commemoration of Guy Fawkes Day. Guy Fawkes and his followers were protesting the ongoing oppression of English Catholics. On November 5th 1605, Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the House of Lords during the opening session of Parliament with the aim of starting a civil war against King James I. Luckily for him, the plot was discovered before it could be carried out.
People all over the world have been saying they will remember something on November 5th since 1605 when the attempt to blow up the House of Lords was revealed. Often this means that people will wear red clothes in memory of the event, create fireworks displays, or eat pumpkin pie - all things that happened on this day in 1605.
In England, France, and America people celebrate by wearing red poppies to show their support for cancer patients and their efforts to find a cure. The date has also been remembered in other countries around the world for various reasons. For example, in Australia, India, and New Zealand people wear white roses to show support for those who fought for freedom in Britain. In Africa, people use yellow flowers to remember those who died in World War I and II.
Guy Fawkes Day is an annual celebration of the arrest of Guy Fawkes, a British-born rebel who was captured guarding a cache of explosives during a failed plot to blow up the House of Lords and murder King James I of England and IV of Scotland in 1605. The anniversary of his arrest is observed on 5 November each year.
Fawkes was about forty years old when he volunteered for this mission. He had been trained as a cook but was assigned to work under William Parker, a Catholic priest who had been imprisoned for plotting to kill both King James and his Protestant heir Prince Charles. During prison interrogations, Fawkes confessed to the crime; however, before he could be tried or executed, he died of tuberculosis in early 1606. His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment because of his poor health.
After Fawkes's confession, his fellow conspirators decided to use his identity for their own purposes. They arranged for him to be photographed with several barrels of gunpowder beneath him. This image was sent to the king, who had posters made with the picture and posted across London announcing that "the fifth month shall be called November". The term "November" became synonymous with "foul play" in Britain.
This example shows that even though we know something will not happen, we cannot prevent someone from trying to start a fire by putting out a fire.