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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

26th US president Theodore Roosevelt was a remarkable man, brave, gregarious, outgoing and charismatic. What did his daughter Alice say about his personality as regards standing out from the crowd?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Who was the first high profile American to use the term “Native American”?

Answer: 16th president Abraham Lincoln. At the time, in the mid 19th century, the term was usually used to refer to Americans of old Anglo-Saxon stock.

Source: A History of the American People by Paul Johnson.

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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

In 1847 a magnificent new technology saw the light of day in Germany. What was this?

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 Persian mystical poet produced over 100 works, most notable of which was ‘Seven Thrones’, which consisted of some 25,000 couplets?

Answer: Jami (1414-1492).

Source: The Historical Dictionary of Iran by John H. Lorentz
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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.


Throughout history, gold has long been the catalyst for societal economic development. In Victoria, Australia, in the 1950s. In California, in the USA, in 1849. Indeed, if gold had not been discovered then in California, it would be just another state in the American Union, and not, as it is today, on its own, the seventh biggest economy in the world. 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

The Pre-Raphaelites (1849)

These were three young artists – Dante Gabriel Rosetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millias – who were disconcerted with the state of British paintings at the Royal Academy, where they studied. They decided to establish a movement to bring a moral seriousness into art, in contrast to the pretentiousness and triviality they perceived in Victorian art.

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