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 was the historical event known as the “Singeing the King of Spain’s Beard”?

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Yesterday's question and answer:

Chinese ruler Duke Jinggong of Qi (574-490 BCE) once famously found his position threatened by three ambitious generals. Jinggong removed them by using 2 peaches. How?

Answer: He devised a ruse where a peach would be presented as a reward to the two generals with the greatest achievements. The generals Gongsun Jie and Tian Kaijiang announced their accomplishments and took a peach. The remaining general Gu Yezi angrily listed his own accomplishments, which the first two generals agreed were more impressive. Due to their shame at taking gifts they did not merit, both killed themselves. Gu Yezi, shamed at having killed two colleagues by boasting, then killed himself too.

Source: More Than 36 Stratagems by Douglas S. Tung

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History Question of the Week

Which Asian island did the Portuguese Empire first visit in 1506, consequently becoming actively involved in its political and religious affairs over the next 150 years?

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 historical event began on September 2, 1945 and concluded on April 28, 1952, when the San Francisco Peace Treaty came into effect?

Answer: The occupation of Japan.

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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“Pax Britannica” (Peace of Britain), the theory that between 1815 and 1914 the world was devoid of any major conflict due to the dominance of the British Empire, is outdated and no longer reflects our understanding of this period. What do you think?


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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.