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

The Treaty of Versailles (1919) ordered that Germany pay vast reparations for war damage. As part of these reparations, what was the Germany company Bayer surprisingly forced to relinquish.

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

In 1899, new parents Thomas and Alice Day from Kent, UK, gave their child what odd name?

Answer: Time Of. The child’s full name was Time Of Day.

Source: Potty, Fartwell and Knob by Russell Ash

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History Question of the Week

As a percentage of the world population, battlefield deaths reached their largest extent during the Second World War (1939-1945), followed by the First World War (1914-1918). Which is the third most deadly 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:

When was the first time cannons were used in a naval battle?

Answer: The Battle of Zonchio in August 1449.

Source: History Year by Year 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.


Indian nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose (1897-1945), who sought to bring down the British Raj by making alliances with the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939-1945), is unfairly maligned and should be considered a committed idealist against imperialism. 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.