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 aims 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

American Industrialist Henry Ford revolutionised business, but he also predicted a world completely dominated by machines. How would this work?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

In the 1880s, American dentist Dr Albert Southwick surprisingly worked to develop which invention?

Answer: The electric chair. In 1881 Southwick had been given the inspiration for such a device after witnessing how an elderly drunkard was quickly killed when he fell into an electric generator. The chair was eventually developed in collaboration with Thomas Edison.

Source: Eighth Amendment by Rich Smith

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History Question of the Week

How tall was King John the First of England, and what is wrong with this question?

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 book was Italian explorer Christopher Columbus said to carry on his person at all times?

Answer: Il millione by Marco Polo, also known as The Travels of Marco Polo. The exploration of Asia by Polo was an inspiration for Columbus.

Source: Columbus Then and Now by Miles 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 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.


It was the need for governments to pay for war which was the primary engine of modern finance. 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 only US $1.99.