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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

What was unique about the first press conference held by American first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

Which are older, the Great Pyramids of Egypt or the oldest bristlecone pine trees in California’s White Mountains?

Answer: The trees at the White Mountains. One of the oldest trees there, nicknamed Methuselah, is 4,844 years old.

Source: Like a Tree by Jean Bolen

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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

Aeschylus and Sophocles are considered two of the three greatest writers of Greek tragedy. Who was the third?

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 steam ship, launched on 31 January 1858, remained the largest ship ever built in both length and tonnage for over forty years?

Answer: The SS Great Eastern, designed by famed British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Source: Understanding the Victorians by Susie Steinbach
 
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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

CALLING ALL HISTORY BUFFS!

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.

THIS WEEK'S HISTORYWOW FORUM TOPIC IS:

As it was instigated by foreign powers and created without flexibility to change, the Bourbon Restoration of 1814 was doomed from the start. 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.

www.history.com
www.historytoday.com
www.bbc.co.uk/history
www.si.edu
www.britishmuseum.org
www.historyplace.com
www.historynet.com
www.victorianhistory.com
www.nhm.ac.uk
www.historyextra.com
www.military-history.org
www.historyvault.com
www.usa.gov/history