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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

Famed Irish playwright, author and wit Oscar Wilde died tragically of meningitis in Paris in 1900. His previously exalted and glamorous life at the peak of London chic society had come undone after his conviction for homosexuality in 1895. Despite his prison sentence and subsequent greatly reduced circumstances, he maintained his humor until the end. Lying in bed in a gaudily decorated room in a Paris Hotel, what were his last words?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Incorporated by English royal charter in 1670, The Hudson’s Bay Company was a major trading company in North America. (It is still operating today) What did Britain’s Prime Minister Lord Palmerston say its function should be?

Answer: “To strip the local quadrupeds of their furs and keep the local bipeds off their liquor.”

Source: Heaven’s Command – An Imperial Progress by James Morris

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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

When the first US volunteer cavalry regiment was established for the Spanish-American War in 1898, its heavy recruitment of skilled riders from the West earned it what nickname?

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 what year during World War One was the German spiked Pickelhaube helmet replaced by the metal Stahlhelm, which offered better protection?

Answer: 1916, the middle year of that tragic encounter in world history.

Source: History Year by Year by Dorling Kindersley
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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.


Had US President John F Kennedy not been assassinated on November 22, 1963, the United States would never have escalated its involvement in the Vietnam War and the geopolitical position of that country and the world today would have been vastly different. 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.