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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

Which popular American flavored drink was originally called “Fruit Smack”?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

What was unusual about the BBC news 6:30pm radio bulletin of April 18 1930, which was also Good Friday?

Answer: The newsreader declared “good evening. Today is Good Friday. There is no news.” Piano music then played for a couple of minutes before normal scheduling resumed.

Source: For the Love of Radio 4 by Caroline Hodgson

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History Question of the Week

Which Chinese dynasty, the first of the four southern dynasties in China, lasted from 420-479 CE and was founded by a former woodcutter who staged a military coup?

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 revolutionary was nicknamed “the Incorruptible”?

Answer: Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794).

Source: Robespierre by Peter McPhee
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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.


Historians can never truly draw “lessons” from the past. Each historical event is unique, and comparisons only serve to tell us about the priorities of the present, rather than those of the past. 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

Ranjitsinhji (1872-1933)

Indian ruler. Maharaja of the Indian princely state of Nawanagar from 1907 to 1933, he represented India at the League of Nations in the 1920s. A formidable cricketer, he played for the English cricket team and is widely considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time.

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