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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

History Question of the Day

Who were the “Eight Eccentrics” of Yangzhou that achieve fame during the mid-Qing dynasty in China?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

“It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies; and all of a fresh new sort, no mouldy old stale ones. It is full of surprises and adventures, and incongruities, and contradictions, and incredibilities; but they are all true, they all happened.” Which nation’s history is the famed author Mark Twain (1835-1910) describing?

Answer: Australia. Twain penned it in “Following the Equator”, published in 1897.

Source: Girt by David Hunt

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History Question of the Week

Which European city was founded in 1703, built on wetlands using designs by Venetian, French and German Architects and the construction of which led to the death of 30,000 labourers?

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 U.S. President was the first to visit Europe during his presidency?

Answer: Woodrow Wilson, visiting for the Paris Peace conference in 1919

Source: Peacemakers by Margaret Macmillan

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

CALLING ALL HISTORY BUFFS!

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.

THIS WEEK'S HISTORYWOW FORUM TOPIC IS:

Without his mother Olympias (375-316 BCE), King Alexander III of Macedon (356-323 BCE) would never have been “the Great”. What do you think?

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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.

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