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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

In which surprising location did the first naval engagement of the First World War (1914-1918) take place?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Early nineteenth century British surgeon Robert Liston once performed an amputation which went horribly wrong. What happened?

Answer: He managed to kill three people – an impressive 300% mortality rate. The amputee contracted septicaemia and died, while Liston also accidentally cut the fingers of his assistant, who also died of septicaemia. The third death was of a spectator of the operation who, witnessing the aforementioned, died of shock.

Source: Unexpected Britain by Stuart Laycock et al

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History Question of the Week

What was the name of the armed uprising in March 1921 by Russian sailors who had originally supported the Russian revolution but later were spurred to action by food shortages and labour unrest?

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 did famed US World War Two four star General George S Patton say on the question of how to get the best out of people in fulfilling a task?

Answer: “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what the job is that needs to be done, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

Source: Modern World Encyclopedia

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 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.


U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) is often depicted by historians as being a weak president; subservient to congress, politically naive and easily manipulated. This is a myth, Grant performed as well as possible in the circumstances. 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.