January, a month for fresh beginnings! and the month to try and keep those New Year’s resolutions! No pressure, but it’s that month of the year to look both backwards into the old year and forwards into the new one.
January represents new changes, challenges and ideas that’ll mark the New Year ahead of us. A bit of advice, never regret the old decisions and look forward to the new ones, isn’t that what January is all about? So without further ado read these interesting facts about January and be the change you want to see in the year to come!
January, unlike other months in the calendar, was not named after a number, but after the Latin word for door “ianua”.
Ancient Romans saw January as the bridge between the past and the future because it marks the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one.
The patron of the month is the ancient Roman god Janus, the double-headed god of doors, beginnings, endings, and transitions.
Janus protected the “Gate of Heaven”, and is related with the “Goddess Juno-Janus”, represented by an image of a face that looks forwards and backwards at the same time.
The Roman calendar initially had only 10 months, excluding January and February.
The second king of Rome, King Numa Pompilius, is accountable for adding both January and February to the Roman calendar so the calendars would be equivalent to a lunar year. Even so, it only had 30 days.
Julius Caesar added the 31st day to the month and finalized it to the full month of January we know today.
According to Julian and Gregorian calendars, January is the first month of the year and the first of seven months with 31 days.
January was called “Wulfmonath” by the Anglo-Saxons because it was the month when hungry wolves used to come rummaging at people’s doors.
Charles the Great labelled January as Wintarmanoth, meaning winter or cold month.
According to the International Standard Organisation’s ISO 8601, week 1 of any year is the week including January 4.
January daytime temperatures make it the coldest month of the year in the UK.
January is mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays “Much ado about nothing” and “Winter’s Tale”.
January’s birthstone is the garnet and January’s flower is the carnation – the dianthus caryophullus.
The first documented mention of a “January sale” in the UK was in 1865.
A January King is a cold-tolerant winter cabbage grown in England.
In medieval superstitions, the 1st of January was very important regarding prosperity or lack of it, in the year ahead.
The BBC started broadcasting its first programmes on the 1st of January 1927.
One of the most significant events in the U.S. happened on the 1st of January, 1892, when Ellis Island opened, allowing the immigration of over 20 million people!
Therefore the 1st of January or Ellis Island Day is becoming increasingly more important to US citizens, a chance to learn more about Ellis Island and the right meaning behind the Statue of Liberty.
The old Saxons believed that the unluckiest day of the year is the 2nd of January.
On the 3rd of January, 1924 the British archaeologist Howard Carter and his team uncovered King Tut’s sarcophagus, containing three coffins nested within each other. The mummified body of the teenage pharaoh Tutankhamun was in the last, golden one.
The 3rd of January, 1959, was monumental for Alaska when it officially became the 49th state of the United States.
January 4th is celebrated around the world as Trivia Day.
The 8th of January is known as the War on Poverty Day. Over 45 million people in the US live at or beneath the poverty level.
London is famous for its extensive subway system, nicknamed “The Tube.” This makes sense because they’re also responsible for opening the first operational underground railway on the 10th of January, 1863.
The London Underground opened January, 1863.
On the 11th of January 1864, the Charing Cross station in London was opened.
Also on this day, it was proposed in the Senate that slavery be abolished in the USA.
A humanitarian day is Martin Luther King’s Day, celebrated on the 15th of January. It’s coming soon, so get out there and do some good!
January represents the end of the monarchy in Hawaii when Queen Liliuokalani was required to abdicate on the 24th of the month.
The first-ever Emmy Awards were held on the 25th of January 1949.
January 27th is Holocaust Memorial Day, a dark segment of human history never forgotten and never to be repeated.
In January 1788, the first Penal Colony in Australia was established by the British to relieve crowded prisons in the UK.
The Julian calendar took effect in January 45 BC.
Eureka, there’s gold in the hills! In January 1848, gold was discovered in California.
Henry VIII died in January 1547.
In January 1789 the first Presidential election was held in the US.
In January 1863, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
January 1865 was when the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the US.
New Mexico became part of the US in January 1912.
Henry Ford introduced his assembly line in January 1914.
The Holocaust began in January 1933.
Henry Ford and the Ford Model T
The first Super Bowl was held in 1967.11
In leap years, January always starts on the same day as April and July.
Some people in the United Kingdom, practice “Dry January”, a movement to inspire people to quit drinking alcohol for the month to encourage public health.
January has two zodiac signs, Capricorn and Aquarius.
January’s reputation throughout history is that of a month of endings and beginnings. So, put an end to your shortcomings and start fresh!
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