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. 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

Between 1700 and 1945, three countries unsuccessfully invaded Russia. France and Germany were two of these. Which was the third?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Under the rule of 12th century King David I of Scotland, a tax refund could be obtained if what was done?

Answer: According to the contemporary scholar William of Malmesbury, David ‘remitted three years taxation for those who improved their houses, their dress and table manners.’

Source: 1339 Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

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History Question of the Week

Which mediaeval European city was considered amongst the most cosmopolitan of its era, with all 72 known languages of the world spoken there?

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 famous writer wrote under the pen name ‘Ellis Bell’?

Answer: Emily Bronte (1818-1848). Her only novel, Wuthering Heights, was published in 1847.

Source: The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature by Joanna Shattock

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.


It was the Battle of Solebay in May 1672 between the naval fleets of the Netherlands and England which saw the beginning of the decline of the Dutch Empire and the rise of English, and then British, control of the seas. 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.