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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

In 1900, the most populous city in America was New York City, with 3.4 million inhabitants. How did Los Angeles rank?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

According to the Greek essayist Plutarch (45-127 CE), Spartans encouraged equality in their society what ingenious way?

Answer: They used long and heavy iron rods as their currency in the hopes it would discourage Spartans from pursuing large amounts of wealth. The rods were supposedly so cumbersome that carrying significant wealth would require numerous oxen.

Source: Primitive Money by Paul Einzig

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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 famed settlement was built in circa 1450 but was amazingly left undiscovered until 1911?

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 treaty, signed in 1699, marked a turning point in the history of both Europe and the Middle East as it led to the Ottoman Empire ceasing to be an aggressive power?

Answer: The Treaty of Carlowitz.

Source: The Cambridge History of Islam by P.M. Holt
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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.


The U.S. Constitution was created in 1788 with a ‘split personality’; as it was a document that both conferred and limited governmental power. What do you think?

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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

Theodosius I (347-395 CE)

Roman emperor. He saved the empire from destruction after the Battle of Adrianople in 378 CE. He made Nicene Christianity the state church and banned all pagan practices. He split the empire between his sons and was the last Emperor to rule both the eastern and western halves.

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