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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

World War One caused by English Medical Incompetence

Tens of millions died as a result of the cataclysm that was the First World War.

Our groundbreaking research here argues that English medical incompetence was the cause of the horrific events of 1914 to 1918.

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History Question of the Day

The large World War Two German Battleship Tirpitz struck fear into enemy navies. It was said to be unsinkable and impregnable and Winston Churchill (1874-1965) called it “the beast”. How many major Allied operations were launched against Tirpitz?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

In 1605, an audience watched the first performance of Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1564-1615). Why was the subject matter controversial?

Answer: Macbeth concerns regicide, the killing of a king. For some, in the early seventeenth century, regicide was considered such an aberration of the natural order that it would cause ghosts to burst from the ground.

Source: The Age of Genius by A.C. Grayling

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The HistoryWow Research Team

The HistoryWow research team is led by principal researcher Benjamin S V Bray, who has a first class honours degree in history from Edinburgh University and a masters degree in philosophy majoring in history from Cambridge University.

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History Question of the Week

What was the 1803 Court decision that gave the U.S. Supreme Court the right to determine whether a law violates the Constitution, therefore establishing the principle of judicial review?

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 city was established by Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE) during his brief foray into Egypt in 332-331 BCE?

Answer: Alexandria.

Source: Cities of the Classical World by Colin McEvedy
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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.


Traditionally it was believed that science advanced by assembling data, with each new piece of data contributing to the development of human knowledge. According to Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996) however, scientific progress relied on short, explosive periods where scientists discarded old models of thinking in favour of new ones. What do you think?

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What Business Can Learn from the Lessons of History

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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.

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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.


HistoryWow’s Featured Historical Figure of Note

Thutmose III (1500-1436 BCE)

Egyptian pharaoh. He led Egypt for almost 54 years, though for the first 22 he co-ruled. He expanded the borders and territory of Egypt to the largest ever seen through seventeen military campaigns. He is considered by some the greatest ever pharaoh.

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