Guy Fawkes

1570 - 1606

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Guy Fawkes (; 13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes while fighting for the Spanish, was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who was involved in the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. He was born and educated in York; his father died when Fawkes was eight years old, after which his mother married a recusant Catholic. Fawkes converted to Catholicism and left for mainland Europe, where he fought for Catholic Spain in the Eighty Years' War against Protestant Dutch reformers in the Low Countries. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Guy Fawkes has received more than 13,076,222 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Guy Fawkes is the 12th most popular social activist (down from 11th in 2019), the 70th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the most popular British Social Activist.

Guy Fawkes was a Catholic who wanted to assassinate King James I of England and replace him with a Catholic monarch. He planned to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament on November 5, 1605. He was caught in the act and tortured.

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Among social activists, Guy Fawkes ranks 12 out of 544Before him are Jan Hus, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Dunant, Martin Luther King Jr., and Helen Keller. After him are Jean-Paul Marat, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Rosa Parks, Claus von Stauffenberg, Irena Sendler, and Lady Godiva.

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Among people born in 1570, Guy Fawkes ranks 1After him are Henry Hudson, Hans Lippershey, Willem Janszoon, Johann II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Giorgi Saakadze, John Smyth, Péter Pázmány, Alessandro Salvio, Abraham Janssens, Salamone Rossi, and Melchior Vulpius. Among people deceased in 1606, Guy Fawkes ranks 1After him are False Dmitry I, Justus Lipsius, Karel van Mander, Stephen Bocskai, Alessandro Valignano, Guru Arjan, Johann VI, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Turibius of Mogrovejo, and John Lyly.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Guy Fawkes ranks 70 out of 6,924Before him are Henry VII of England (1457), Mary Shelley (1797), Paul McCartney (1942), James VI and I (1566), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), and Herbert Spencer (1820). After him are Edward III of England (1312), Edward I of England (1239), John Dee (1527), William of Ockham (1285), Harold Harefoot (1016), and George IV of the United Kingdom (1762).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United Kingdom

Among social activists born in United Kingdom, Guy Fawkes ranks 1After him are Lady Godiva (990), Robert Owen (1771), Emmeline Pankhurst (1858), Nicholas Winton (1909), Thomas Cranmer (1489), Annie Besant (1847), Emily Davison (1872), Wat Tyler (1341), Betty Williams (1943), Mairead Maguire (1944), and Mary Dyer (1611).