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. 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 Napoleonic wars (1803–1815), why did the citizens of the British town of Hartlepool hang a monkey?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

King Clovis I (466-511 CE) was an influential king of the Franks, the first to unite every Frankish tribe under one sole ruler. In what other way did he come to influence the French monarchy in later years?

Answer: Through his name, Clovis. This later evolved into the name Louis, a title adopted by seventeen kings of France.

Source: Mediavel France by William Kibler

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History Question of the Week

Which famous writer wrote under the pen name ‘Ellis Bell’?

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:

In 47 BCE, which famous classical figure uttered the words ‘Veni, vidi, vici’?

Answer: Julius Caesar. The latin translates to ‘I came, I saw, I conquered.’

Source: Julius Caesar by Rose Williams

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.


The concept of ‘the fall of Rome’ is fundamentally flawed. We should instead consider the era as an evolution into medieval Europe. What do you think?


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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 only US $1.99.