History is What's Happening is the second album of songs by Dutch punk rock band The Ex, originally released in 1982.
Released two year's after the band's first album, History is What's Happening comprises studio recording of songs that The Ex had been playing live throughout 1981, supplemented by material developed in the studio.
The album's 20 songs cover such topics as Dutch domestic policy ("Six of One and a Half Dozen of the Other"), the squatter movement ("Barricades"), increased mechanization within the workplace ("Machinery"), government interference ("Watch-Dogs"), and media's influence over politics ("Who Pays"). As with the previous album, The Ex included an 24-page illustrated lyric booklet and large poster within the album jacket.
The group recorded the songs in the spray paint room of the factory owned by the guitarist's uncle in Zaandam, later adding vocals and overdubs at Dolf Planteijdt's Koeienverhuur ("Cow Rental") Studio, completing recording in December 1981. After their success in selling all 4,500 copies of Disturbing Domestic Peace a year earlier, the band's distributor requested 10,000 copies of History is What's Happening. But by the time of its release in March 1982, The Ex's drummer had left the band, leaving them unable to gig to promote the album, leaving the band with unsold copies for the next 15 years.