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

What was unique about the The Battle of the Coral Sea, which took place between the United States and Japan on 4-8 May 1942?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

In early Ancient Rome, the father of a household was legally allowed to do what?

Answer: Execute any member of the household. The power was granted to him under the Roman principle of Pater familias, the title for the head of the Roman family. While legally permitted, cases of fathers doing so were rare and the right to do so eventually restricted.

Source: Beth Severy, Augustus and the family at the birth of the Roman Empire

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History Question of the Week

Mehemet Ali Pasha (r.1805-1848), Abbas II Helmi (r.1892-1914) and Ahmed Fouad (r.1922-1936) were all rulers of which country?

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 year saw Chester Alan Arthur become President of the USA, Alexander III became Tsar of Russia and French chemist Louis Pasteur first vaccinate sheep against anthrax?

Answer: 1881.

Source: The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopaedia by David Crystal

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.


Both Japan and China decided to limit trade with Europe during much of the 16th and 17th centuries primarily because they could simply see no economic benefit. 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 it's free.