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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake was one of the most deadly natural disasters in US history. What odd consequence did it bring?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Antonio López de Santa Anna (1794-1876) was a Mexican general and politician who, over an eventful forty year career, helped shape Mexico in its formative years. Santa Anna’s success at gaining power, but dislike at exercising it, led him to serve as President on many non-consecutive occasions. How many non-consecutive terms did he serve?

Answer: 11. The first was in 1833, with his final term ending in 1855.

Source: Mexico and the United States by Lee Stacy

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History Question of the Week

Which Roman Emperor ruled first; Tiberius or Vespasian?

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 is the oldest regiment of the British regular army, one that can trace its origins to the New Model Army of the 1650s?

Answer: The Coldstream Guards.

Source: Second to None by Julian Paget

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.


Historian James Hawes has described how there are parallels between the United Kingdom in 1864 and the United States of America in 1994. Both countries had no credible rivals to their superiority, were the richest and most potent countries on earth and had a matchless sense of their ultimate destiny. Do you agree?


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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.