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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

While the date convention of the “Christian Era” ie. 1995 CE or AD, is now common in the West – it took many centuries to develop. When was it first uniformly used, and what were the alternatives?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

What was the first British ship sunk by the enemy during the Second World War?

Answer: The cruiser come aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, sunk on 17 September 1939. It was not the first British vessel sunk however; the submarine HMS Oxley had been gone down a week earlier by friendly fire.

Source: World War II by Phillip D. Grove et. al

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History Question of the Week

Which Roman Emperor ruled first; Tiberius or Vespasian?

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 is the oldest regiment of the British regular army, one that can trace its origins to the New Model Army of the 1650s?

Answer: The Coldstream Guards.

Source: Second to None by Julian Paget

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.


Historian James Hawes has described how there are parallels between the United Kingdom in 1864 and the United States of America in 1994. Both countries had no credible rivals to their superiority, were the richest and most potent countries on earth and had a matchless sense of their ultimate destiny. 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.