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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

What was the unusual treatment recommended by popular 18th century physician Dr Richard Russell, which may have some application today?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

What was the last place in Europe to adopt Christianity?

Answer: Lithuania. Until 1387 its people were pagans. In that year the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was finally baptised into Roman Catholicism. This was a condition of the dynastic union with Poland.

Source: A History of the Baltic States by Andres Kasekamp

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History Question of the Week

Who declared in a 1792 speech that “I am not a courtesan, not a moderator, not a tribune, and not a defender of the people; I myself am the people.”

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 France during World War One, a shortage of manpower meant that women were recruited into a diversity of jobs traditionally set aside for men. By 1918, how many French munition workers were women?

Answer: Some 1.7 million, or around a third.

Source: The First World War by Sir Martin Gilbert

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 Forbidden City, modern day Beijing, was a symbol of the grandeur of the Ming Dynasty but also represented its increasing remoteness from the people they governed. 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.