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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

Who, according to historiometric research conducted by psychologist Dean Keith Simonton, was the “smartest” American President?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

From where did American bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd (1904-1934) gain the nickname “the Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills”, in the early 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression?

Answer: From his practice of destroying mortgage papers of impoverished dust bowl farmers at the banks he robbed. For this he became an almost beloved folk hero.

Source: Encyclopaedia of the Great Depression and the New Deal by James Climent
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The HistoryWow Research Team

The HistoryWow research team is led by principal researcher Benjamin S V Bray, who has a first class honours degree in history from Edinburgh University and a masters degree in philosophy majoring in history from Cambridge University.

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History Question of the Week

Which early form of science combined the disciplines of chemistry, physics, spiritualism, medicine and astrology?

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:

The Würzburg witch trials, between 1626–1631, is one of the biggest mass-trials and mass-executions seen in Europe during the Thirty Years War. How many people were burned at the stake as a result of the trials?

Answer: No fewer than 900.

Source: History Year by Year by Dorling Kindersley
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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.


“There are all kinds of myths that a people has about itself, some positive, some negative, some healthy and some not healthy. I think that one job of the historian is to try to cut through some of those myths and get closer to some kind of reality. So that people can face their current situation realistically, rather than mythically.” So said James M. McPherson. Do you agree?

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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.


HistoryWow’s Featured Historical Figure of Note

Claudius (10 BCE - 54 CE)

Roman emperor. His reign was noted for the restoration of order after Caligula’s decadence and for the expansion of the empire, principally the invasion of Britain in 43 CE. His fourth wife, Agrippina, is said to have poisoned him.

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