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

Which two American states went to war with each other in 1835?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

In the context of the Second World War, what was ‘Operation Unthinkable’?

Answer: The code name for two plans involving conflict between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union in 1945. The Soviet Union had been allies of the West during World War Two. The first involved an Allied surprise attack on Soviet Union forces in East Germany, while the second was a defensive plan if the Soviets themselves attacked Allied positions. Highly secretive, the plans were not made public until 1998.

Source: Operation Unthinkable by Jonathan Walker

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History Question of the Week

Which Chinese city, a capital of nine dynasties, is known as the cradle of Chinese civilisation?

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:

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

Answer: Five feet, five inches.

Source: A History of the English People by Paul Johnson

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.


While a popular topic among historians, Nazi Germany’s youth policies actually had very limited success in winning support for the regime amongst young people. 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.