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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

Renowned English fop and London society man Beau Brummell had the unique privilege of being friends with the Prince of Wales, later King George IV of England. The two later had a falling out, the catalyst for which was what unusual comment made by Brummell at a famous London society social gathering, the Cyprian’s Ball in 1813?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

French emperor and military genius Napoleon Bonaparte reputedly said that Prussia was hatched from a cannonball. But how did Adolf Hitler describe Prussia?

Answer: “The germ cell of the Reich”.

Source: The Arms of Krupp by William Manchester

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History Question of the Week

When Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of the French in 1804, famed German composer Ludwig van Beethoven had an interesting response. What was this?

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:

In France, after the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, which saw France defeated, what was the famous saying that Frenchman were told to think of, but never say?

Answer: In reference to the loss, “Never speak of it. Always think of it.” The objective was to generate rage for the day when revenge would be sought. As history records, this was to occur in August 1914.

Source: The First World War by Sir Martin Gilbert

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.


If early 20th century German foreign minister Arthur Zimmerman, instigator of the infamous January 1917 Zimmerman telegram, had been assigned another portfolio in his country’s government, the history of the world in the last century would have been blighted with far fewer tragedies. What do you think?


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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.