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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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!

World War One caused by English Medical Incompetence

Tens of millions died as a result of the cataclysm that was the First World War.

Our groundbreaking research here argues that English medical incompetence was the cause of the horrific events of 1914 to 1918.

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History Question of the Day

What was the fascinating story surrounding the resolution of the succession question when Germany’s Duke of Saxe-Coburg died childless in 1899?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

When was the first non-stop transatlantic flight?

Answer: British aviators John Alcock (1892-1919) and Arthur Brown (1886-1948) made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919. They flew a Vickers Vimy plane and took just under 16 hours to complete the journey.

Source: Yesterday We Were in America by Brendan Lynch

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The HistoryWow Research Team

The HistoryWow research team is led by principal researcher Benjamin S V Bray, who has a first class honours degree in history from Edinburgh University and a masters degree in philosophy majoring in history from Cambridge University.

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History Question of the Week

When did the Battle of Guadalcanal take place?

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:

What was the first major battle of the American Civil War (1861-1865)?

Answer: The Battle of Fort Sumter, April 12–13, 1861, took place near Charleston, South Carolina. It saw the bombardment of Fort Sumter by the South Carolina militia, and the return gunfire and subsequent surrender by the United States Army, which started the American Civil War.

Source: The American Civil War by Cole Christian Kingseed

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.


French historian Francois Furet once wrote that “Nazism was a form of Bolshevism turned against its initial form”. This echoes some historians’ views that the political philosophy of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were not that different. Both were, among other things, heavily nationalistic totalitarian regimes. What do you think?

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What Business Can Learn from the Lessons of History

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Tell us Your Favorite History Anecdote

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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HistoryWow’s Favourite History Sites

At HistoryWow we love history. A knowledge of history gives one a more sophisticated worldly perspective, makes one more judicious and wiser and, we believe, a better decision maker. Apart from the fact that the best history is real life, high drama and excitement. There are many great history websites. Here are some that we at HistoryWow think are especially good.