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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

“Grog pond”, “juke joint”, “toddy shop” and “dive” are all terms used in history to describe what?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

“The plains … were strewn with human skeletons; their rivers polluted with floating carcasses; wild beasts descending from their fastnesses in the mountains roamed at large over the land, and made their dens in the ruins of deserted towns.” What is being described by a contemporary observer?

Answer: The aftermath of the Taiping Rebellion (1850 – 1864). The conflict, between a Christian millenarian movement and the governing Qing Dynasty, was one of the most destructive wars in history, with around 20 million people killed.

Source: Revolutions and Its Past by R. Keith Schoppa

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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

Which Catholic nobleman established Maryland in 1634?

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:

Who first used the term “invisible hand”, which has since become the most famous metaphor in economics?

Answer: Adam Smith (1723-1790).

Source: A Flag Worth Dying For by Tim Marshall
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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.


While the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) is often considered to have symbolised the wider international confrontation between revolution and fascism, in reality it was an internal fight, the culmination of long held antagonisms within Spanish society. 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

George Anson (1697-1763)

British admiral. He is known for his voyage around the world between 1740 and 1744. After this he began a second career of naval administration, his work enabling the victories of the Seven Years War (1756-1763). He was the most important naval figure of his time.

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