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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

In the 1940s and early 1950s high ranking Soviet politician Anastas Mikoyan was compelled to take a spare suit to state dinners. Why was this?

The answer tomorrow.

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Over 15 million of Henry Ford’s famous Model T automobile – The ‘Tin Lizzy’ – were sold. Making motoring affordable for countless people around the world, the car’s price actually dropped over its 19 year production run. Famously, it was available in any colour, so long as it was, what?

Answer: Black.

Source: General Historical Texts

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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

Despite his enormous wealth and power, France’s King Louis XVI (1754-1793), who was famously overthrown in the French Revolution, was a distinctly unhappy man. What did he later recall were the only two happy moments of his life?

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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The carrot, of course, is widely acknowledged to be an orange vegetable, but prior to the seventeenth century purple, red and white variants were equally common. What do some claim to be the reason for this?

Answer: Some say Dutch farmers cultivated carrots to be primarily orange in tribute to William of Orange, who led the struggle for Dutch independence. Such was the strength of this feeling that in the late 18th century, Dutch patriots who revolted against the House of Orange saw carrots as an offensive tribute to the monarchy.

Source: Patriots and Liberators by Simon Schama
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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.


Renowned British historian A.J.P. Taylor argued that that it is ‘human blunders that have done more to determine the course of history than clear human wickedness’. 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.