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

Incorporated by English royal charter in 1670, The Hudson’s Bay Company was a major trading company in North America. (It is still operating today) What did Britain’s Prime Minister Lord Palmerston say its function should be?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Famed Irish playwright, author and wit Oscar Wilde died tragically of meningitis in Paris in 1900. His previously exalted and glamorous life at the peak of London chic society had come undone after his conviction for homosexuality in 1895. Despite his prison sentence and subsequent greatly reduced circumstances, he maintained his humor until the end. Lying in bed in a gaudily decorated room in a Paris Hotel, what were his last words?

Answer: “Either that wallpaper goes. Or I do”.

Source: Oscar Wilde – The Great Drama of His Life: How His Tragedy Reflected His Personality by Ashley H. Robins; General Historical Texts.

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History Question of the Week

What is the world’s oldest daily newspaper?

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 of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’ was the first to be destroyed?

Answer: Answer: times before its final destruction in 401 CE.

Source: Pilgrimage by Linda Kay Davidson

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 long history of the Roman Empire was essentially about a desire for conquest as well as enriching and enhancing the power of Rome’s elite, rather than any concept of spreading civilisation. 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.