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 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

In 1945, Soviet diplomats presented United States Ambassador W. Averell Harriman (1891-1986) with a carved wooden plaque of the Great Seal of the United States. The gift later did not appear quite so generous, however. Why?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

After the death of renowned Ecuadorean poet José Joaquín Olmedo (1780-1847), a statue was placed in the city of Guayaquil. What was unique about this effigy however?

Answer: It was actually an image of another poet, Lord Byron (1788-1824). Guayaquil could not afford to commission a sculptor, so instead bought the image of Byron from a London scrap dealer and changed the name.

Source: Dumb History by Joey Green

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History Question of the Week

Which Chinese dynasty, through the so called ‘Oracle Bones’, offer us the first written records of China?

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 year saw Thomas Cranmer appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, Ivan the Terrible become Tsar of Russia and the Treaty of Constantinople between the Ottoman Empire and Austria?

Answer: 1533.

Source: Cambridge Biographical Encyclopaedia by David Crystal

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.


In 1880 the continent of Africa was largely unexplored by Europeans. Less than thirty years later Africa saw 10 million square miles and 110 million subjects carved up by European powers. While often attributed to the desire to spread Christianity, in reality the ‘Scramble for Africa’ had one cause – the desire for commerce and to make money. What do you think?


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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.