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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
14th August 1948 The first Summer Olympics to be held since 1936, were closed in London.
14th August 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
14th August 1903 Born today: Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
14th August 1867 Forsyte Saga author John Galsworthy was born in Kingston Upon Thames.
14th August 1802 Poet and novelist Letitia Elizabeth Landon (LEL) was born in Chelsea, 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