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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

The Sixth Duke of Westminster Major General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, who died in August 2016, was one of the wealthiest men in the world with an estate worth around nine billion pounds sterling, or US$11.7 billion. He was once asked, “What was the secret of financial success”? What was his reply?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong represented a political philosophy which exalted the fact that all Chinese were equal, and which condemned personal ownership of assets. What was, however, one of the more unusual aspects of Chairman Mao’s interpretation of Communism?

Answer: In the 1960s, he owned not one, not five, not 10, but 25 Mercedes-Benz 600 limousines, which were far and away the most expensive cars in the world.

Source: Jay Leno’s Garage

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History Question of the Week

There are only two sovereign countries in the world that were started by citizens and ex-Caribbean slaves of a political power as a settlement for former slaves of the same power. One is Liberia. What is the other?

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 Ancient Greek ruler did Plutarch (46-120 CE) describe as “as good as thought commander and king of all Greece”?

Answer: Agesilaus II (444-360 BCE), King of Sparta

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology by William Smith

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.


Special Order 191, detailing critical Confederate positions issued by General Robert E. Lee was recovered by Union Army troops. If it broke through the lines, the Confederates could have routed General McLellan’s army in Maryland and put them in a position to win the American Civil War. 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. 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.