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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

Which medieval European polymath’s achievements included discovering the Titan moon, writing the first ever physics equation, publishing a book on the use of probability in dice games and building the first pendulum clock?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Which scientific fact, first postulated by the Greek Philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BCE), was only accepted by modern science in 1963?

Answer: That hot water freezes faster than cold water. While this is now established, little remains known as to why this happens.

Source: Philosophies of Technology by Claus Zittel

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History Question of the Week

In 1657 what disaster struck Edo, the capital of Japan, destroying two-thirds of the city with an estimated loss of 100,000 lives?

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:

Arthur Kinnaird (1847-1923), Bert Freeman (1885-1955), Otto Siffling (1912-1939) and Guillermo Stábile (1905-1966) were all early players of which sport?

Answer: Association Football (Soccer).

Source: The Leaguers by Matthew Taylor

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 a lack of popular support that was the main reason why the Nationalists were unable to decisively defeat the Communists in China up to 1945. What do you think?


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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.