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 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

“Q-ships” were a creative British response to the formidable U-boat threat of the Second World War (1939-1945). What were they?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

The War of Breton Succession took place between 1341 and 1364 between the Counts of Blois and the Montforts of Brittany for control of the region of Brittany. In 1351 a highly unusual method was crafted to try and break the impasse. What was it?

Answer: An arranged battle was staged between the two sides midway between the castles of Blois and Montfort, with each side permitted to have thirty champions. After a bloody battle, the House of Blois was victorious. The so called “Combat of the Thirty” became a popular example of medieval chivalry for later chroniclers.

Source: Encyclopaedia of the Hundred Years War by John A. Wagner.

View Archives

Ask HistoryWow

The History Wow Search Engine. "Ask HistoryWow"


History Question of the Week

“Give me liberty, or give me death!” is a famous quotation belonging to which American founding father?

The answer on Thursday.

Submit Answer

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 first United States president to be assassinated?

Answer: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) on April 15 1865. The other Presidents who were assassinated are James A. Garfield (1831-1881), William McKinley (1843-1901) and John F Kennedy (1917-1963).

Source: The Executive Branch of Federal Government by Brian R. Dirck

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.

View List

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.


According to British military historian B.H. Liddell Hart, the “profoundest truth of war is that the issue of battle is usually decided in the minds of the opposing commanders, not in the bodies of their men.” Do you agree?


What Business Can Learn from the Lessons of History

A unique business conference and corporate presentation.

Tell us Your Favorite History Anecdote

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.

tell us

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.