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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

“I cannot but conclude you to be one of the most pernicious little odious reptiles that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.” So says King George III in a cartoon drawn by British cartoonist James Gillray (1757-1815) in 1803. Who was he addressing?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Legendary French hero Joan of Arc (1412-1431) was captured in 1430 by Burgundian troops, allies of the English. She was executed a year later in 1431. What for?

Answer: Cross dressing. Before her trial by French ecclesiastical court in May 1451, she had appeared dressed in men’s clothes. The judge, the Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchin, promptly sentenced her to death.

Source: 50 Military Leaders Who Changed the World by William Weir

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History Question of the Week

Which famous building was reduced to a partial ruin by a Venetian cannon ball on September 26 1687?

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:

“The object of waging a war is always to be in a better position in which to wage another war.” This is a line from which novel that satirizes Soviet totalitarianism?

Answer: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1903-1950)

Source: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

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.


“Myth, memory, history – these are three alternative ways to capture and account for an elusive past, each with its own persuasive claim.” So stated American historian Warren I. Susman. Do you agree?


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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.