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

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

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

In 1859, 24 rabbits were introduced into Australia by Thomas Austin on his property in Victoria for hunting purposes. What was the outcome in a little over a decade?

Answer: Some ten years later two million were being killed each year to control the infestation.

Source: Modern World Encyclopedia

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History Question of the Week

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

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:

The Treaty of Versailles, signed on 28 June 1919, was the primary peace treaty which officially ended the First World War. The German military was forbidden from having what: a navy or an air force?

Answer: Article 198 of the treaty prohibited Germany from having an air force, and required Germany pass over all air force equipment it already possessed.

Source: Strategies of Arms Control by Stuart Croft

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.


It was inability of France to defeat Britain that led Napoleon to make the fatal expeditions into Spain and Russia which ultimately led to the collapse of his Empire. 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.