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 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

During the Second World War, the Russian Red Army had numerous breakdowns of discipline, leading many soldiers to be sent to punishment units, court martialed and shot. How many soldiers died in this way?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Patrick Colquohoun (1745-1820) was a British statistician who at the beginning of the nineteenth century conducted an investigation into crime in London. What did he find?

Answer: Colquohoun’s widely sensationalist study estimated that, of a population of less than one million, 115,000 were criminals. Problematic criminal types that he identified included ‘riverside scroungers’, ‘cheating shopkeepers’, ‘mudlarks’, ‘bear baiters’ and ‘flash coachmen.’

Source: The Making of the English Working Class by E.P. Thompson

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History Question of the Week

What countries formed part of the historic country of Gran Colombia in South America?

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 day of the year marks the anniversary of Henry IV of France issuing the Edict of Nantes, the first performance of Handel’s Messiah, the Amritsar massacre by British soldiers in India and the foundation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City?

Answer: April 13.

Source: The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald

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.


The period of Roman rule know as the era of the ‘Five Good Emperors'; Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius, was first coined by Niccolò Machiavelli in 1503, and continues to be commonly employed to this day. Such a term is outdated however, as these emperors were not all good nor particularly successful. 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.