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 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

Aside from his enormous talent, Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso holds a special place in the annals of adulation for great talent by appreciative audiences. How was this so?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

What did British RAF officer John Alcock say after his pioneering non-stop flight across the Atlantic in June 1919, with Arthur Whitten Brown?

Answer: “We’ve had a terrible voyage … the wonder is we are here at all.”

Source: History Year by Year published by Dorling Kindersley

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History Question of the Week

The Battle of Edgehill was the first pitched battle of which conflict?

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:

After World War One, how much territory did Germany lose?

Answer: Some 13 percent. Most went to the new state of Poland, while France regained Alsace-Lorraine.

Source: History Year by Year published by Dorling Kindersley

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 President John F Kennedy was not been assassinated on November 22, 1963, the United States’ current reduced position as a leading world player would not have occurred. 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.