02 November 2011

"V" and Guy Fawkes tied to Bank Transfer Day on Nov. 5

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The mask worn by shadowy insurrectionist "V" in the film V for Vendetta (2006) as well as countless demonstrators since then was based on Guy Fawkes, who was part of the failed “Gunpowder Plot” in London, England, in 1605.

The conspirators sought to blow up the British House of Lords, assassinate King James I, a Protestant, and replace him with a Catholic monarch, but were thwarted on Nov. 5, when Fawkes was caught with the stash of gunpowder. Nov. 5 was originally celebrated by the monarchy to commemorate the failure of the plot and soon became associated with anti-Catholicism, but Fawkes has since become a folk hero for many and Nov. 5 is now recognized with bonfires and fireworks as Guy Fawkes Day.

With a nod to Fawkes, Nov. 5, 2011, has been dubbed Bank Transfer Day in the United States and persons with accounts in any of the “too big to fail” banks are encouraged to transfer their funds to a credit union or a locally owned bank.

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