Welcome to HistoryWow
Why ‘Wow’? Because history has a ‘Wow’ factor. History is rich in fascinating and inspiratonal 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. HistoryWow aims 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 English King was said to be so fierce that he scared a man to death?
The answer tomorrow.
Yesterday's question and answer:
Which famous general was accidentally shot by his own troops?
Answer: Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, Confederate commander in the U.S. Civil War. Returning to camp after leading his troops at Chancellorsville in 1863, he was mistakenly identified as a Union soldier and shot three times, twice in the left arm and once in the right hand. While his injuries were not themselves fatal, pneumonia set in, and Jackson died from complications from this on 10 May 1863.
Source: The Civil War by Shelby Foote
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History Question of the Week
In 1940, which country did Britain successfully invade with a force of 750 marines, most of whom were ill-equipped and only partially trained?The answer on Thursday.
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:
In what year was the oldest bank still in operation founded?Answer: 1472. This is the Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which remains a large bank in Italy to this day.
Source: A Cultural History of Finance by Irene Finel-Honigman
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.
The HistoryWow Forum
CALLING ALL HISTORY BUFFS!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.
THIS WEEK'S HISTORYWOW FORUM TOPIC IS:
Despite often being proclaimed as a great hero of Ancient Britain, the verifiable sources for her existence are so poor that it is likely Queen ‘Boudicca’, or ‘Boudicea’, never actually existed. What do you think?Comment
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.tell us
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 only US $1.99.Buy