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

Which Allied army unit developed such a formidable reputation for hand to hand and bayonet combat that it became known by German forces as the ‘scalp hunters?’

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

During the Greek War of Independence (1821-1832), a Greek army made an Ottoman force to retreat to the Acropolis. Running short of ammunition, the Ottomans began to attack the great columns to extract lead to make bullets. How did the Greeks respond?

Answer: The Greeks sent them ammunition with the message, ‘here are bullets, don’t touch the columns.’

Source: Critical perspectives on Art History by John C. McEnroe et al

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History Question of the Week

Which major Arab city and capital was founded by the Fatimids 969 CE?

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:

Who was the youngest signatory of the American Declaration of Independence?

Answer: Edward Rutledge, who was born on 23 November 1749 and was a mere 26 when he signed the document. He went on to become Governor of South Carolina.

Source: Encyclopedia of the Age of Political Revolutions and New Ideologies by Gregory Fremond-Barnes

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.


The Ordnance QF 25-pounder was a field gun employed by the British Army during the Second World War. While rarely mentioned, its considerable role in a number of battles, including the Battle of El Alamein, mean it must be considered among the most important pieces of military hardware of the war. 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.