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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

Why were the events in Peenemünde, Germany, between 1936 and 1945 so important in the diverse military tapestry of the Second World War (1939-1945) as well as later space travel and the development of weapons of mass destruction?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

During the American Civil War (1861-1865), what were Monitor and Merrimack?

Answer: The most famous ironclad warships of the Civil War. The Confederate Merrimack (renamed the C.S.S. Virginia) and the Union Monitor met off Norfolk, Virginia, on March 9 1862. This inconclusive clash was the first ever battle between ironclad warships.

Source: Encyclopaedia of American History by John Mack Faragher

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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

In Russian history, who were ‘The Mighty Handful’?

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 Spanish King ruled from 1556-1598, oversaw one of the largest empires of all time and was nicknamed ‘the Prudent’?

Answer: King Philip II (1527-1598).

Source: Historic World Leaders by Anne Commire
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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.


According to Adam Goodheart, the year 1861 saw a “second American revolution” as a new generation rejected their parents faith in compromise and appeasement to set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. What do you think?

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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

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 - 1933)

American artist and interior decorator. A leading exponent of American art nouveau, he established a decorating firm in New York that produced stained glass, vases, lamps and mosaic. He was the first design director at his father’s firm, Tiffany & Co.

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