Welcome to HistoryWow

Why ‘Wow’? Because history has a ‘Wow’ factor. History is rich in fascinating and inspirational 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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, causing the deaths of between 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and reaching its gruesome climax in Europe in between 1346 and 1353. At a time when ignorance and superstition were prevalent, what was one of the better hypotheses as regards dealing with the scourge?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

When was England’s King Henry VIII first portrayed dramatically, that is on stage?

Answer: Some 60 years after Henry’s death in the 1604 play ‘When you see me you know me’, by Samuel Rowley. The play was performed at the Fortune Theatre north of Cripplegate, London. By all accounts the play was very popular.

Source: Eric Ives, emeritus professor of English history at Birmingham University.

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History Question of the Week

In what year did Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel become professor of philosophy at the University of Berlin?

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:

Who was the first Russian citizen to lie in the state in Saint Petersburg’s Kazan Cathedral?

Answer: Russian composer of the late-Romantic period, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who died aged 53 in 1890.

Source: Tchaikovsky by David Brown
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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.


If Napoleon Bonaparte had have won the 1815 Battle of Waterloo – the victor, the Duke of Wellington, said it was a ‘close run thing’ – the Bonapartes would be monarchs of France to this day, thus providing French social, economic and political stability for two hundred years. 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.