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. Since 2012, 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

The Black Death plague, which gripped Europe in the fourteenth century, led to many wild stories spreading across Europe. According to one rumor, what had the effect of the plague previously been in India?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

After future US president Lyndon B Johnson entered Congress in 1937, he became very keen to ensure that he made money. His father had been a long serving member of the Texas legislature, but died penniless. Johnson was aware that plenty of congressmen wound up in a parlous financial position. What was one early example that Johnson experienced of the less than impressive future that could await former congressman?

Answer: While riding in an elevator one day in a Washington building, the elevator operator told him that he had been a congressman.

Source: Lyndon B Johnson 1958-1963 by Robert A Caro

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History Question of the Week

How long did Edward Gibbon take to write his epic ‘The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’ first published in 1776, and still in print today?

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 was the famous remark by Napoleon Bonaparte about Prussia’s origins?

Answer: ‘Prussia was hatched from a cannon ball’.

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.


The noted British author William Ralph Inge (1860-1954) noted that ‘a nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbors.’ Does history support this assertion?


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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 only US $1.99.