There’s a lot of things to celebrate in January, including the New Year! Here are some facts about January that may surprise you.
When you think of the first month of the year, January, what do you usually imagine? Snowy weather? Ice skating? Football games? And let’s now forget about New Year’s Resolutions!
I hope you enjoy this post, and that it inspires you to start planning some fun celebrations for the New Year!
The origin & historical events of January.
The word January comes from the Latin words Janus, meaning “god of gateways,” and dies, meaning “day.”
January’s name comes from the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and endings.
According to historians, January is believed to have been named after Jupiter, the king of the Roman gods.
The ancient Romans celebrated the beginning of each new year on January 1st, the same day as the modern western world.
The ancient Romans celebrated the ending of each year on December 31st, the same day as the modern western world, otherwise known as ‘New Year’s Eve!’
According to Roman mythology, Jupiter is said to have created January in order to honor his mother, Juno.
Jupiter created January with the power of lightning to mark the start of a brand-new year.
January has a rich history of celebration and fun. From the ancient Egyptian festival of the New Year to the modern Chinese New Year, there are many things to celebrate in January.
Did you know that to celebrate the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar decreed that his birthday would be a new year’s celebration!
Per the History Place™, other major historical events which took place in January include:
January 1st is the day that we all start over and make new resolutions for the year ahead.
Is there anything more amazing than New Year’s Resolutions? The New Year’s resolution movement has been around since the 1800’s and continues to grow in popularity today.
So what exactly is the “New Year’s Resolution Movement?” It was started in 1887 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the author of “The Power of Positive Thinking.” In fact, he was the one who coined the phrase “New Year’s resolutions” which eventually became the most widely known phrase about setting goals for the upcoming year.
And for some, every year, we wait until the last day of December before making New Year’s Resolutions. Why?
In order to avoid being influenced by all the hype that goes around New Year’s Eve.
But the fact of the matter is, we make New Year’s Resolutions every year. The only thing that changes is the date of the resolution, which is why we can’t escape from making them.
Want to learn more about January’s fun facts and trivia? Then read on…
Per Holiday Insights, this is the most comprehensive list of all holidays in January including some you may not even know about!
Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
Feast of the Epiphany – Three Kings – date varies
Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
Winnie the Pooh Day – the Birthday of Winnie’s author A.A. Milne
Chinese New Years – date varies
National Inane Answering Message Day
If you’re lucky enough to be born in this celebratory first month of the year, January, what other famous person shares your special day?
January 1, 1735- Paul Revere, Revolutionary War.
January 1, 1752- Betsy Ross, designed first U.S.flag
January 1, 1895- J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director
January 2, 1920- Isaac Asimov, Science Fiction Writer
January 3, 1892- J.R.R. Tolkien, Author of “Lord of the Rings”
January 3, 1956- Mel Gibson, actor, director
January 4, 1643 – Isaac Newton, Astronomer, Physicist, Mathematician
January 4, 1937- Dyan Cannon, Actress
January 5, 1946- Diane Keaton, Actress
January 6, 1412- Joan of Arc
January 7, 1800- Millard Filmore, 13th President, (1850-1853)
January 7, 1948- Kenny Loggins, Singer/Songwriter
January 7, 1964- Nicolas Cage, Oscar-winning Actor
January 8, 1935- Elvis Presley, King of Rock ‘n Roll
January 8, 1942 – Stephen Hawking, world renowned physicist and author.
January 9, 1913 – Richard M. Nixon, 37th President (1969-1974)
January 9, 1935- Bob Denver, TV Actor “Gilligan”
January 10, 1945- Rod Stewart, rock singer
January 10, 1949- Heavyweight boxing champion, and creator of the “George Foreman Grill”
January 11, 1952- Ben Crenshaw, golfing great
January 12, 1944- Joe Frazier, heavyweight boxing champion
January 12, 1964 – Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com
January 13, 1919- Robert Stack, Actor”Elliot Ness” on Tv show “Untouchables”
January 14, 1741- Benedict Arnold, traitor in American Revolutionary War.
January 14, 1919- Andy Rooney, author and commentator on “60 Minutes”
January 15, 1906 Aristotle Onassis, Greek Shipping tycoon, married Jackie Bouvier-Kennedy
January 15th, 1929- Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Activist
January 16, 1935- A.J. Foyt, race car driver
January 17, 1706- Benjamin Franklin, inventor, statesman, writer
January 17, 1899- Al Capone, notorious 1920’s gangster
January 17, 1942- Mohammad Ali, formerly “Casius Clay”, arguably the best ever heavyweight boxing champion
January 18, 1779- Peter Roget, author of Roget’s Thesaurus
January 18, 1904- Cary Grant, Actor
January 19, 1807- Robert E. Lee, Civil War Confederate Army General
January 19, 1809- Edgar Allen Poe, Author and Poet, most notably macabre and horror stories
January 20, 1896- George Burns, comedian
January 20, 1920 Deforrest Kelley, Doctor McCoy on Tv’s original “Star Trek”
January 20,1930- Edwin “Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut, walked on the moon
January 21, 1738- Ethan Allen, Revolutionary War Hero
January 21, 1976- “Baby Spice” of The Spice Girls
January 22, 1934- Bill Bixby, the “Incredible Hulk” Star
January 22, 1949- John Belushi, comedian, actor, SNL and Blues Brothers
January 23, 1737- John Hancock, politician, first to sign the Declaration of Independence.
January 24, 1917- Ernest Borgnine, Actor, most notably TV’s “McHales’ Navy”
January 24, 1968- Mary Lou Retton, won gold medal in Gymnastics, at 1984 Olympics
January 25, 1931- Dean Jones, actor, “The Love Bug”
January 25, 1981- Alicia Keys, singer, Grammy winner
January 26, 1880- Douglas MaCarthur, WWII General, Quote: “I shall return!”
January 26, 1925- Paul Newman, Oscar winning actor
January 27, 1756- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the greatest musical composers ever
January 27, 1832- Lewis Carroll, wrote “Alice in Wonderland”
January 28, 1936- Alan Alda, Hawkeye Pierce in TV series “M*A*S*H”
January 29, 1843 – William McKinley, 25th U.S. President(1897-1901), assassinated while in office.
January 29, 1880- W. C. Fields, comedian, actor
January 29, 1954- Oprah Winfrey, talk show hostess
January 30, 1882 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President, elected to four terms (1933-1945)
January 30, 1922- Dick Martin, comedian
January 31, 1919- Jackie Robinson, first Afro-American to to play in Major League Baseball
January 31, 1923- Carol Channing, actress, “Hello Dolly”
January 31, 1947- Nolan Ryan, MLB pitcher for 27 years
Let me present my favorite 10 quotes about the fabulous month of January:
“New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter waiting to be written.”Sarah Ban Breathnach
“I’m not the biggest fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I’m a huge backer for real life change – that’s why January gets me so geeked up.”Mark Schlereth
“I like starting projects in January. That’s the best time to start something. It’s so inward.”Carolyn Chute
“New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.”Alex Morritt
“Welcome January: January is a time of quiet and new beginnings – is the perfect time to reflect on how you want to live your life. January is the perfect time to refocus on your priorities and set goals.”Unknown
“January looks forward to the new year and back to the old year. He sees past and future.”M.L. Stedman
“I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you want to change something, change it today and don’t wait until the New Year.”Georgia Bloomfield
“Through the chill of December the early winter moans but it’s that January wind that rattles old bones.”John Facenda
“January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow.”Sara Glowfield
“You can’t get too much winter in the winter.”Robert Frost
In this blog we discovered many facts you may have not known about January. We learned about January births, random facts, the state flower being the carnation and snowdrop, January quotes, and ringing in the new year.
Now that January has come and gone, it’s time for you to start your own new personal beginnings and have the best year ever!
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