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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th April 1976 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
26th April 1973 2 Gentlemen of Verona, musical opens in London
26th April 1947 Bless the Bride musical opens in London
26th April 1934 The Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) was married to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later The Queen Mother) in Westminster Abbey.
26th April 1928 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
26th April 1921 Born today: Harry Knutton, Maj-Gen/dir-general (London City and Guilds Institute)
26th April 1915 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France and Russia
26th April 1890 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London
Gunpowder Plot was foiled here
The plot to blow up the kind & parliament was rumbled here.
Location: Under House of Lords, Westminster
Description: The Gunpowder Plot was foiled here on the evening of the 4th November 1605. The Plan was to have blown up the Upper House [the House of Lords] when the King, lords, bishops and others had been there. In the chaos that followed the death of England's ruling elite, the plotters would launch a rebellion and install a Catholic regime.The Gunpowder Plot by Robert Catesby, Thomas Percy, Guido Fawkes, and other co-conspirators provoked the English government into a series of anti-Catholic measures.They rented a nearby house (much closer than today) and dug a tunnel into the vault beneath the House of Lords. They eventually rented the vault and smuggled across the river by night 36 barrels of gunpowder. However a warning to a political friend to stay away from the House of Lords rumbled them and the discovery was made.All were found and executed.
Tagged in this Tour: London general 2012