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 aims 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

Who was described by a Venetian ambassador as ‘the arbiter of the world’ due to their power and influence?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Why did it become fashionable in the 1880s for British high society ladies to pretend to limp, something known as the ‘Alexandra Limp’?

Answer: In order to follow a trend sent by Alexandra of Denmark (1844-1925), wife of the Prince of Wales. Her fashion sense was widely copied, and when a bout of rheumatic fever left her with a limp, ladies across the country emulated it. Shopkeepers even developing mismatched footwear to help women meet the craze.

Source: Edward VII by Christopher Hibbert

View Archives

Ask HistoryWow

The History Wow Search Engine. "Ask HistoryWow"


History Question of the Week

What is the oldest international sporting trophy?

The answer on Thursday.

Submit Answer

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 Chinese city, a capital of nine dynasties, is known as the cradle of Chinese civilisation?

Answer: Luoyang, in modern day Henan province.

Source: Chinese States by Dorothy Wong

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.

View List

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 use of feigned retreat by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings was crucial to the victory of the Normans, and as such can be considered one of the most important military strategies in British history. What do you think?


What Business Can Learn from the Lessons of History

A unique business conference and corporate presentation.

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.

tell us

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 only US $1.99.