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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

According to one theory, what is the origin of the term “hooker”, used to describe a prostitute, and how does it relate to the American Civil War (1861-1865)?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Which medieval English King, considered mad by nineteenth and twentieth century historians, is now adjudged to have suffered merely from what was in reality likely to be a personality disorder?

Answer: Richard II (1367-1400). Richard’s erratic behaviour towards the end of his reign led to his overthrow by Henry IV (1367-1413).

Source: Richard II by Christopher Fletcher

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History Question of the Week

Which military commander lead the famous 1775 expedition to Quebec during the American War of Independence (1775-1783)?

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:

William Pulteney, the second Earl of Bath, is famous in British political history for what reason?

Answer: He is generally considered to be the shortest serving prime minister in British history. After accepting the seals of office on 10 February 1746, he soon realised he did not have the support to form a government. He relinquished the post on 12 February, after just two days in that high office.

Source: Prime Ministers by David Bastable
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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.


According to historian Bernard Bailyn, the peopling of British North America was nowhere near as gentrified as later generations have depicted. These years were brutal; an unrelenting ordeal to avoid squalor and savagery. 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.


HistoryWow’s Featured Historical Figure of Note

Herman von Salza (1165-1239)

German knight. Born into an aristocratic family, he rose to become the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (1210-1239). Charismatic and popular, his advanced combat and diplomatic skills enabled the Teutonic Knights to achieve significant power after many years of decline.

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