…in 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding he recant his 95 Theses and other public grievances against the Catholic Church.
… in 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted a surprise military strike against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This attack provoked the US into entering the Second World War.
It feels a bit odd when we talk about ‘celebrating’ Bonfire Night, not least because rejoicing in our government’s ability to ‘repel the Catholic threat’ feels just a tad outdated.
But, regardless of all that, I still wanted to ‘celebrate’ Bonfire Night history-nerd style, so here is a list of five things you (hopefully) don’t already know about the events of the 5th November…