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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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 Gladiators of Ancient Rome often attained celebrity status and were well known throughout the Roman Empire. Surprisingly, what did these gladiators do that we often consider a purely modern phenomenon?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

In the 6th century BCE, the Greek Engineer Eupalinus of Megara constructed one of the greatest feats of Ancient Greek engineering. What was it?

Answer: The Tunnel of Eupalinos, in Samos, Greece. It was built as an aqueduct for the Ancient capital of Samos, and tunnels through a mountain for over 1000 metres. It was not rediscovered until the 1880s.

Source: A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities by J.C. McKeown

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History Question of the Week

Which Mughal Indian ruler commissioned the Taj Mahal?

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 fighter pilot to shoot down an opposing aircraft while piloting an aircraft armed with a synchronised machine gun?

Answer: German fighter ace Kurt Wintgens (1894-1916).

Source: Lost Wings of WWI

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 the Lutheran Reformation spread far and wide in the years 1521-1555, this had little to do with the actions of Martin Luther (1483-1546) himself. 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.