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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) showed incredible ability from early childhood, composing from the age of five. In Britain, some were so overwhelmed by his skill at such an age that they thought he was a fraud. How did they explain it?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

When the famed composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) died, he left the equivalent of £86,000 for what cause?

Answer: To build a monument to himself in Westminster Abbey.

Source: 1411 Facts by John Lloyd

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History Question of the Week

Which year saw Chester Alan Arthur become President of the USA, Alexander III became Tsar of Russia and French chemist Louis Pasteur first vaccinate sheep against anthrax?

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 Imperial Chinese dynasty came first: the Sui Dynasty or the Yuan Dynasty?

Answer: The Sui Dynasty, which ruled from 581–618 CE. The Yuan Dynasty existed much later, between 1271 and 1368.

Source: China in World History by Paul S. Ropp

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.


According to historian N.A.M. Rodger, the most important factor in the development of British history has been its navy, which has shaped Britain’s political and social progress since the Vikings. 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 it's free.