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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

What was described as “London’s Eiffel Tower”?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Despite his later fame, Karl Marx (1818-1883) was never a wealthy man. What did his mother once say to him on the subject?

Answer: “Karl, I wish you would make some capital instead of just writing about it.”

Source: Understanding Capitalism by Samuel Bowles et al

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History Question of the Week

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”?

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 won the inaugural Noble Peace Prize in 1901?

Answer: Henry Dunant (1828-1910) and Frédéric Passy (1822-1912).

Source: The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopaedia by David Crystal

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.


While they spouted very different ideologies, the methods employed by the Russian Empire and Soviet Union to rule their people shared many similarities. 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.