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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

The British submarine HMS Trident received an unusual gift from the USSR navy in 1941. What was it?

The answer tomorrow.

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Which prestigious United States’ university is older: Harvard or Yale? And how do these esteemed centres of learning compare in years of establishment to other venerated universities?

Answer: Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts was established in 1636 and chartered in 1650, nearly 65 years before Yale. England’s Oxford University can trace its origins to 1096. Cambridge University was established in 1209. France’s famous Sorbonne University in Paris began in 1253.

Source: Modern World Encyclopedia

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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

What pioneering treaty, signed in 1860 between England and France, inaugurated a period of relative free trade among many European nations that survived until the 1890s?

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:

What is the name of the Russia’s oldest city, settled by Varangian chef Rurik in 862 CE?

Answer: Novgorod.

Source: Oxford Dictionary of People and Places by Frank Abate
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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.


If the United States had have taken a more conciliatory approach to Japan’s needs both in resources, emigration, etc, antagonism would not have escalated in the first 40 years of the last century, culminating in the horrific war in the Pacific between 1941 and 1945. 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.