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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

During the Seven Years War (1754-1763) between Britain and France, 1,512 British sailors were killed in action. How many died of scurvy?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Where, and when, was the first successful land campaign against the Axis powers in the Second World War (1939-1945)?

Answer: The southern Balkan Peninsula in late 1940 and early 1941. Italian forces had invaded Greece on October 28 1940, but a successful Greek counter-attack had forced the Italians to retreat to Albania. For months the Greeks successfully held off Italian attacks before being eventually defeated by a Nazi invasion in April 1941.

Source: Forgotten ANZACS by Peter Ewer

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History Question of the Week

Which great empire was a cosmopolitan combination of East and West, Christianity and paganism, and lasted for over 1000 years before it was eventually toppled in 1453?

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 French scientist was the first to recognise and name both oxygen and hydrogen, the first in 1778 and second in 1783, and is often considered the “father of modern chemistry”?

Answer: Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794).

Source: Oxygen by Michele Thomas

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 rapid ascent of Japan to the rank of global power from 1853 onwards is one of the most remarkable and surprising stories in modern world history. What do you think?


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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.