January Interesting Facts

January is named after the Roman god of doors, Janus, because this month is the door to the year. Janus represents all beginnings and possesses the ability to see all things past and future.

Leap years exempted, January always begins on the same day as October. In leap years, January always begins on the same day as April and July. Since 2020 is a leap year January and October will start on different days of the week, while January, April and July will all begin on a Wednesday.

January Holidays and Observances

Celebrated around the world, New Year's Day fell on a Wednesday this year.

Besides New Year's Day, there are few holidays celebrated in January. There are, however, many historical births. Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 and Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882.

We also celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. the third Monday of January, this year falling on January 20th. Rev. King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA. He was a Baptist minister and a prominent civil rights activist beginning early in his career. Among other things he led the march on Washington in 1963 where he delivered his now famous “I Have A Dream” speech. In 1964 King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination through non-violent means. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis,TN.

Historic Events

New Year's Day is known for many things, one those is football. There are numerous bowl games, or post-season college football games, played each year on  New Year's Day. One of the most well known is the Orange Bowl.

Played each year in Florida the Orange Bowl has been a New Year's Day tradition since 1935. Below are a few statistics on the 1935 Orange Bowl game compared with the 2020 Orange Bowl Game!



Location Miami Field in Miami, FL

Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL

Teams Bucknell Bison
Miami Hurricanes

Florida Gators
Virginia Cavaliers

Score Bucknell Bison - 26
Miami Hurricanes - 0

Florida Gators - 36
Virginia Cavaliers - 28

Number of People in Attendance 5,000 69,157

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