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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

With the 100th anniversary of the end of the war soon to be commemorated, the attached groundbreaking new research 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 were the final words uttered to his men by John Sedgwick (1813-1864), Union army general in the American Civil War (1861-1865)?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Medieval European observers described what Asian ruler as being “learned in all kinds of sorcery”?

Answer: Akbar I (1542 – 1605), Mughal emperor. The cult that surrounded Akbar stated that he was akin to divinity and could heal and control the waters in both rivers and clouds. Historical evidence suggest that many at the time believed this was true.

Source: Asia – A Concise History by Arthur Cotterell

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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

Who published On The Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres in 1543, the same year as his death?

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 famous French artist began painting while working as a stockbroker?

Answer: Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

Source: Millet to Matisse by Vivien Hamilton
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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.


The American colonists could never have won the American War of Independence (1775-1783) without French soldiers, finance, ships and weapons. 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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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

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

Russian writer. Tolstoy is one of the most influential authors in history, renowned for his epic novels including War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). Later he became an influential philosopher and developer of the ideals of Christian pacifism.

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