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

As of June 18 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, one of the most decisive military encounters in world history, our focus turns to this pivotal event. What were the broad parameters of the battle?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

What was one of the more interesting aspects of US President Andrew Johnston’s inaugural speech on April 15, 1866?

Answer: Johnson, who had been vice president to the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, had drunk several glasses of whiskey before hand and slurred his words as he spoke.

Source: The Ultimate History of the President’s – The History Channel

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History Question of the Week

Which historical event began on September 2, 1945 and concluded on April 28, 1952, when the San Francisco Peace Treaty came into effect?

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 Greek statesman and poet formulated an influential code of laws and has been regarded as the found of Athenian democracy?

Answer: Solon (638 - 558 BCE)

Source: Encyclopaedia of World Biography by Paula Byers et al

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.


According to German writer Sebastian Haffner, during the peak of Nazi Germany 9 out of 10 Germans were “Hitler supporters, Führer believers”. Do you agree that Hitler ever held this much popular support in Germany?


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Tell us Your Favorite History Anecdote

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.