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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

World War One caused by English Medical Incompetence

Tens of millions died as a result of the cataclysm that was the First World War.

With the 100th anniversary of the end of the war recently commemorated, the attached groundbreaking new research argues that English medical incompetence was the cause of the horrific events of 1914 to 1918.

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History Question of the Day

During the American Civil War a particular disdain was held for snipers who fired on men who sought private refuge to attend to their ablutions. There are numerous examples through history of such moments being the opportunity for dastardly deeds to be committed. What was one example involving a Severan dynasty Roman emperor?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

The alleged event which first saw the discovery of the stimulatory effects of coffee, morning nirvana for countless hundreds of millions around the world, was what?

Answer: In the 8th century a Middle Eastern goat herder named Kaldi observed that his animals became particularly animated and energised when they grazed on the berries of a particular bush, what was to be known as the coffee plant.

Source: Webster’s New World Encyclopedia

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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

Who were the Luddites?

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:

When was the first declaration of war issued by telegram?

Answer: When Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914. This was exactly one month to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, in Sarajevo.

Source: 1914 by Paul Ham
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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.


The 1982 Falklands war was an absurdity which Britain should never have fought. The islands were many thousands of miles from Britain and Argentina had a much more legitimate historical claim to sovereignty than Britain. What do you think?

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What Business Can Learn from the Lessons of History

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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

Kiyomasa Kato (1562-1611)

Japanese warrior and politician who played a key role in the unification of Japan and the banning of Christianity. He led the invasion of Korea in 1592 and assisted Toyotomi Hideoyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyaso in unifying the country.

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