Welcome to HistoryWow

Why ‘Wow’? Because history has a ‘Wow’ factor. History is rich in fascinating and inspirational incidents and events. Stories of heroism, self-sacrifice, humor, arrogance, foolishness, victory against the odds, the cruel hand of fate, irony and nobility.

History’s got the lot. Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format. A little bit of history every day. But not enough to overload your busy lifestyles. We hope you enjoy HistoryWow!

History Question of the Day

Which composer, when asked about the composition of a key feature of his most famous work, remarked “whether I was in my body or out of my body as I wrote it I know not”?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Raymond Poincaré, Andrew Bonar Law, Vitorrio Orlando and Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg were all European statesman. Which is the odd one out?

Answer: Andrew Bonar Law (1858-1923). The other three all led their nations, France, Italy and Germany respectively, during the First World War (1914-1918).

Source: The Illusion of Peace by Sally Marks

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History Question of the Week

HMS Endeavour, HMS Discovery and HMS Resolution are all Royal Navy ships associated with which famous British explorer?

The answer on Thursday.

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The first correct answer to each week's question will receive a US$30 voucher to buy a history book of their choice.

Last week's question and answer:

Which figure coined the term “War of the Roses”, helped popularise the historical novel, made Highland dress fashionable and located the long lost Scottish crown jewels?

Answer: Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832).

Source: The Hero Building by Johnny Rodger

HistoryWow’s Golden List of Great History Books

There are many great history books, on a range of interesting topics. These are some of the ones we at HistoryWow think are especially good.

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The HistoryWow Forum


The fascinating thing about history is that there are a variety of different opinions and views on historical questions. Here is your chance to tell us what you think about a particular history question.


The greatest civilizing force the world has ever seen has been the British Empire. This can be seen in terms of benefits to large parts of the world in administration, government, railways, language, equity before the law, probity rather corruption, among a raft of other benefits. What do you think?


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History lovers have their own special history stories, incidents and episodes. Stories of heroism, self-sacrifice, victory against the odds, arrogance, the cruel hand of fate, irony and nobility. Tell us here what your favorite anecdote is.

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The HistoryWow App

The HistoryWow App. Seventy fascinating and inspirational incidents and events from history - in a short, sharp format. Each great story is different and each one is a terrific read. A nice-sized, compact, mini history book of around 15,000 words, complete with pictures. And it's free.