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On this day in history...
Guy Fawkes was executed in 1606 for his part in the Gunpowder Plot the previous year, wherein he and others attempted to blow up the entirety of Parliament with the hope of installing a Catholic monarchy. Fawkes cheated the hangman by jumping from the platform, killing himself instantly, preventing him from being "mostly alive" during the drawing and quartering that followed.
Did I mention I'm a bit of a history wonk? :D