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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

Why is the short story “A Sound of Thunder”, written by Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) and published in 1952, so hugely influential in popular understanding of the relationship between past and present?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

In 1983 a historian gave an unusual reason for the fall of the Roman Empire. What was it?

Answer: Lead poisoning. Jerome Nriagu argued that the Romans use of lead for water pipes, cooking pots and drinking vessels resulted in the slow poisoning of the populace and undermining of the Roman Empire. The theory has subsequently largely been disproved, but the Romans certainly had an unhealthy relationship with lead.

Source: From Stars to Stalagmites by Paul Braterman

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History Question of the Week

What was the name of the medieval empire that ruled half of France, all of England and parts of Ireland and Wales from 1154-1214?

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 dynasty ruled China from 1368-1644 and is known for its many achievements, including the construction of the Forbidden City and the voyages of admiral Zheng He?

Answer: The Ming dynasty.

Source: China - Ancient Culture, Modern Land by Robert Murrowchick

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.


Japan’s Sakoku (closed country) policy, enacted from 1639 to 1853, was not the result of shogunate power policy but a genuine action to combat the threat to native Japanese culture. 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.