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. HistoryWow aims 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 is the original name of the famous book responsible for outlining the history of class struggle and the problems of capitalism, published in 1848?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

During the 16th Century, women in Italy were banned from church choirs as well as from performing on the stage. Which male voice would sing the parts traditionally meant for the female voice?

Answer: The castrato. The castrato voice was a male soprano or alto voice produced as a result of castration during puberty. The illegal practice produced a treble voice of extraordinary power and was in great demand in the 17th and 18th century operas. Castrato’s were first heard in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.

Source: Britannica Ready Reference Encyclopedia

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History Question of the Week

Who was King Louis XVI second, morganatic, wife?

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:

What was the name of the ransom paid by England to the King of Denmark, first paid during the reign of Ethelred the Unready, in order to prevent Danish attacks?

Answer: The Danegeld. The first payment of 20,000 marks was made in 991.

Source: The Vikings by R Chartrand et. al

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.


It was the fear of revolution, above all else, which was responsible for the decision of the British parliament to pass the Great Reform Act in 1832. 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 only US $1.99.