Guy Fawkes

My 5-year old came home yesterday singing a song of Guy Fawkes and fireworks. Sometimes she teaches me. I had a vague idea that Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament but I did not know why or when it happened. I just knew that once a year we celebrated Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night with fireworks (I say once a year, but it seems to go on from mid October through til the first week of November).
 
As an American, I feel like there are still many things I do not know about Britain and its history. On the other hand, Husband seems to know everything about the U.S.A. and could probably name more presidents than I could. Is this an indictment of the American educational system? Or maybe Americans are not that fussed about the rest of the world? Or maybe American history is so important that everyone should learn it? Okay, that last question was tongue-in-cheek. But maybe Americans do think they matter more than other countries. What do you think? 
 
Perhaps Husband is a clever clogs. Do any of you Brits know much about American history? What about your own history? If I stopped some random British folks on the street, what would they know about Guy Fawkes?

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