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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

Fifty six men signed the American Declaration of Independence in 1776. Two were future presidents. Who were they?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

In 1569, an English court made a grand claim on the issue of slavery. What was it?

Answer: That slavery was not possible in England because “England has too pure an air for slaves to breathe in”. The consensus against slavery unfortunately did not last, but before England established colonies had became involved in the slave trade, all who set foot on English soil were free.

Source: Black Tudors – The Untold Story by Miranda Kauffman

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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

Industrialist Henry Ford (1863-1947) once worked under famed inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931) and they were good friends. True or False?

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:

Of these countries, which was the first to give women the right to vote: France, Austria or Spain?

Answer: Austria, in 1918. Spain followed in 1933 and France in 1944.

Source: Women Activists between War and Peace by Ingrid Sharp et al
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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.


According to historian John Man, one of the great ironies of Asian history is that modern day China owes its geographical size and shape to a barbarian non-Chinese who was its greatest enemy, Genghis Khan (1162-1227). What do you think?

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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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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.


HistoryWow’s Featured Historical Figure of Note

Johannes van den Bosch (1780–1844)

Dutch statesman. He held a number of colonial roles, including Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1830–1833), and Minister of Colonies (1834–1840). He introduced several key reforms, including the introduction of the Dutch Constitution to the West Indies.

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