January Trivia and Dates

For the majority of people, January symbolizes new beginnings and a fresh start. For others, it’s just another ordinary month!

Here we have information on the historical origins of the month being introduced into the calendar back in Roman times.

On top of that, we have a little insight into some notable historical events that happened this month!

Check out the 21 facts about the month of January below.

The name for January comes from the Roman god, Janus, who is always depicted with two heads. He uses one head to look back on the year before, and the other head to look forward into the New Year!

Oddly enough, couples tend to separate or divorce more so in January than any other month of the year.

In Pasadena, California, there has been a Rose Parade held every year since 1890 except 2021 due to Covid 19 pandemic. It has since been broadcasted worldwide and is typically viewed in over 100 countries around the globe.

As of January 3, 1959, Alaska officially became the 49th state of the United States.

Generally, January is the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The equivalent month of January in terms of temperature in the Southern Hemisphere is July!

Referring back to the Julian and Gregorian calendars, January is the first month of the year, and the first of seven months to be 31 days long.

January has two zodiac signs – Capricorn, which is until January 19, and Aquarius, which is for the rest of the month.

One of the most influential events in the U.S. happened in January – on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island opened, allowing for the immigration of over 20 million people!

The first Penal Colony in Australia was established in January 1788 by the British in order to relieve overcrowded English prisons.


January 4 – National Trivia Day

January 11 – Human Trafficking Awareness

January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

January 19 – National Popcorn Day

January 21 – National Hug Day

January 23 – National Pie Day

January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day

January 30 – National Croissant Day

January 31 – Nation Hot Chocolate Day



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