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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

The American palaeontologist Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897) arranged for his skull to be donated to medical science after his death. Why was there nothing benevolent about this donation?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

In 1885, famed inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931) attempted to develop a “whispering machine”. What was it?

Answer: A “electrotyped phonographic book” device. The tiny machine was intended to be placed close beside a person’s ear, such as inside their hat, for a pre-recorded voice to narrate stories to the wearer without disturbing others. It would take a century for technology to develop to make such a device.

Source: Great Victorian Inventions by Caroline Rochford

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History Question of the Week

What is the name given to the ‘community of all Muslims’, first developed in the 7th century, which radically altered Arabia and the region by supplanting the traditional role of kinship in the community?

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:

In the early Soviet Union, the Politburo was one of the permanent decision making bodies of the ruling Communist Party. There were two others. What were they?

Answer: The Secretariat and the Orgburo.

Source: Encyclopaedia of Russian History by James R. Miller

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.


Sparta would never have been able to defeat Athens in the Peleponnesian War (431-404 BCE) had it not been for the financial support of Persia. What do you think?


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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.