New Year’s Day, post-holiday blues, and the Northern Hemisphere, a month-long of frigid and cold temperatures, whereas in the Southern Hemisphere, you have the blazing summer heat. That is January in a nutshell. January is the first month of the year. However, before 713 BCE, the month did not exist.
Before January existed, the Roman ten-month calendar was followed as it consisted of months from March to December. The reason January was added as the first month was that the semi-mythical successor of Romulus, King of Numa Pompilious added January and February as the start of the year to make it equivalent to the lunar year. The month only had 30 days at first until Julius Caesar added another day to the month. January in Latin means Ianuarius, named after Janus, which was the Roman god of new beginnings which was why the month was appointed to be the first one of the year. Let’s take a look at some other facts about January.
Fun Facts About January
January is the month where couples either break up with each other or divorce if they are married more than they do at any month. It may be likely because of how distracted these unhappy couples were during the holidays. Then the holidays end in January, then the unhappy couples realize it is time to go to splitsville.
On January 3rd, 1959, Alaska became the 49th state of the USA officially, which is why January is a big deal for Alaska each year.
In the UK, many people stop drinking for the entire month of January to create a movement called ‘Dry January’ to encourage others to stop drinking for health reasons.
In January 1788, The British established Australia as a penal colony to send prisoners there to spare the British overcrowded prisons.
Famous January Birthdays
- Joan Of Arc was born January 6th, 1412 who was a peasant French girl that had visions of leading France over England, and she did at the age of 16. Even though she never participated in combats, she was in charge of strategies to make that happen and troops. She was captured at 19 and burned to the stake because she practiced witchcraft, was a cross-dresser, and the Anglo-Burgundians charged her with 70 crimes even though she was innocent.
- Elvis Presley was born on January 8th, 1935, and was became the King of Rock and Roll after being featured on The Milton Berle Show in 1936. That was unexpected since he was shy.
- The Olympic Gold medalist Muhammed Ali was born on January 17th, 1942. He was not only a professional boxer and wrestler, but he recorded albums to teach kids about dental care.
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