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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt loved animals and had a variety of pets while in office. What were they?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

At a grand dinner to open commercial buildings in Leeds, UK, in 1829, toasts were made to prominent people in the country and community. How many toasts were made?

Answer: Illustrating the pageantry of Victorian life, no fewer than ten toasts were made. These were to the King, the Duke of Clarence, the King’s Ministers, the County Members, the Mayor, the Mayor and Corporation, the Vicar of Leeds, the Magistrates of the West Riding, the 14th Light Dragoons and the Yorkshire Hussars.

Source: Cities of Ideas – Civil Society and Urban Governance in Britain by Robert Colls and Richard Rodger

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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

Across the broad span of Japanese history, what is the meaning of uchi harai?

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.

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In the pantheon of brilliant generals of Ancient Times, Hannibal, died in Bithynia in 182 CE. What was the cause of his death?

Answer: He poisoned himself.

Source: History Year by Year published by Dorling Kindersley
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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.


English Renaissance statesman and philosopher, Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) alleged that Western scientific progress was ‘built on a foundation of three key technological discoveries: printing, gunpowder and the magnet.’ Is this too simplistic an observation. Or does it encapsulate perfectly an ineluctable truism. 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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HistoryWow’s Favourite History Sites

At HistoryWow we love history. A knowledge of history gives one a more sophisticated worldly perspective, makes one more judicious and wiser and, we believe, a better decision maker. Apart from the fact that the best history is real life, high drama and excitement. There are many great history websites. Here are some that we at HistoryWow think are especially good.