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

In 1920, American socialist politician Eugene V. Debs ran for the U.S. presidency, winning 920,000 votes. What was unusual about his campaign however?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Samuel Adams (1722-1803) was one of the founding fathers of the United States and a major figure in early American history. What surprising help did he need before he could attend the first continental congress in 1774 however?

Answer: Adams was poor and had little in the way of formal attire, so he relied on friends to buy him new clothes and pay for his trip to Philadelphia to attend the congress.

Source: Samuel Adams, Radical Puritan by William M. Fowler

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History Question of the Week

What was so remarkable about the Soviet Air Forces 588th Bomber Regiment in World War II?

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

Answer: Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and Ecuador. The county was formed during the wars of liberation against Spain in the nineteenth century, but later fractured and disintegrated.

Source: Iberia and the Americas by John Michael Francis

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.


Henry Clay (1777-1852) was a natural leader and economic innovator, and clearly the greatest President America never had. 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.