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

In which year did the city of Constantinople become Istanbul?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

What did famed US inventor and businessman Thomas Edison (1847-1931), who acquired a record number of 1,093 patents, say about failure?

Answer: “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”

Source: Shane Rodgers – Queensland editor, The Australian, 20/4/15

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History Question of the Week

In 1921 Charles Strite of Minneapolis, USA, patented which common kitchen appliance?

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:

Which year saw David Hume complete “A Treatise on Human Nature”, Fredrick the Great become King of Prussia and Benedict XIV succeeds Clement XII as the 247th Pope?

Answer: 1740.

Source: The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopaedia by David Crystal

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.


During the reign of Emperor Wu of Han (156 BCE–87 BCE), China developed a sophisticated state structure based on a strong Confucian philosophy. As a result, Wu must be considered the foundation for all subsequent Chinese emperors. 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.