facts about january

About The Month Of January

The New Year has begun! It’s time to leave the past behind and focus on a fresh start. This time of year is fun and busy for teachers, parents, and students. Check out these fun facts that will help boost your mood and encourage you to dive into the New Year with positivity!

Basic January Facts:

  • January is the 1st month of the year.
  • January is known to be the coldest month in the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Flower: Carnation
  • Birthstone: Garnet
  • Zodiac signs: December 22 – January 19 Capricorn and January 20 to February 18 Aquarius.

January Trivia

  • 500 copies of the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Modern Prometheus were published anonymously in London.
  • Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
  • The first New Year’s ball drop in New York City started in 1908.
  • In 1946, the first United States Computer was built in Pennsylvania at the Moore School of Engineering.
  • The History Channel was launched in 1995.
  • The plum blossom is the Chinese floral emblem of January
  • The month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god that has two heads, one to look backward and one to look forward towards the New Year.
  • In 1890, the Rose Parade started in Pasadena, California. Today the parade is broadcast in more than 100 countries.
  • January was excluded from the Roman calendar which only had 10 months.
  • The 31st day of January was added to the month by Julius Caesar.
  • In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States
  • Ellis Island opened on January 1st, 1892 allowing more than 20 million immigrants to enter the United States.

Holidays Celebrated in January

  • January 1 – Emancipation Proclamation
  • January 2 – National Science Fiction Day
  • January 4 – World Braille Day
  • January 4 – National Spaghetti Day
  • January 8 – World Typing Day
  • January 11 – National Clean Off Your Desk Day
  • January 13 – Korean American Day
  • January 14 – National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • January 15 – Martin Luther King’s Birthday
  • January 22 – Celebration of Life Day
  • January 24 – International Day of Education
  • January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • January 27 – National Chocolate Cake Day
  • January 28 – National Fun at Work Day