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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

In 1930s London, parents who lived in apartments in high residential towers resorted to what unusual tactic to give their children more space?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) nearly didn’t make it aboard the HMS Beagle for its famed second survey expedition (1831-1836). Why?

Answer: The Beagle’s captain, keen on physiognomy – the assessment of a person’s character or personality from his or her outer appearance, especially the face. He thought that Darwin’s nose indicated a lack of energy and determination. Charles humorously noted later that “he was afterwards well satisfied that my nose had spoken falsely.”

Source: Victorian Literature by Victor Shea

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History Question of the Week

In 1657 what disaster struck Edo, the capital of Japan, destroying two-thirds of the city with an estimated loss of 100,000 lives?

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:

Arthur Kinnaird (1847-1923), Bert Freeman (1885-1955), Otto Siffling (1912-1939) and Guillermo Stábile (1905-1966) were all early players of which sport?

Answer: Association Football (Soccer).

Source: The Leaguers by Matthew Taylor

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.


It was a lack of popular support that was the main reason why the Nationalists were unable to decisively defeat the Communists in China up to 1945. What do you think?


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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.