The concept of an application or service that answers the "On this day in history..." question isn't exactly new. But the new 'History' for Windows Phone does boast that everything in it is hand curated and continuously refreshed. Available in free/ad-supported and paid versions, History is worth a look if you like the sound of such glimpses into the past...
History is a nice and simple app that lists interesting historical events. Those events include not only important political and war events, but also technology milestones, strange natural occurrences, cultural achievements and more. Every day you will be able to read what happened on this same day in history and learn interesting related facts. We have included links with each event, so you are never left in the dark.
History also features a beautiful and customizable live tile. It can give you a peek at what happened today and you only need a tap to learn more.
Features: - browse historical events by day, week or month - 12 event categories - quickly search for an event - hide events by country and category - hide single events - superb metro-style interface - beautiful live tile
Importantly, the developer claims that historical events in this app were not automatically imported 'from some source, like they do it in other similar apps'. Each event in History is apparently manually selected and processed to make sure it is worth being listed.
It's also worth noting that this is an Internet service rather than a static set of events/listings that are stored locally and repeated every year. Historical events are 'entered for just a few months ahead' and curation is ongoing.
Here's History in action:
Tomorrow in history - at least the facts are from the last 100 years and not stuff from 1830, as it was in history lessons at school! (right) Tapping through brings up more information and links. The banner ads aren't present in the paid version, of course.
Tapping through links brings up the appropriate sites in a custom browser instance (with the banner ads persisting); (right) browsing through the Wikipedia 'today in history' page that's linked gives you all the older, arguably less interesting stuff?
The live tile maxes out at double width and cycles through the history 'headlines' for today or tomorrow; (right) you can expand the stories to cover the upcoming week or month
You can also filter history items by category, which is a nice touch, though the default of having all of them on is quite sensible; (right) The live tile updating had issues on my Lumia 920 due to OS restrictions. I do wish Microsoft would raise the limit for background tasks!