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 Friday this year.

Besides New Year's Day, there are few holidays celebrated in January. There are, however, many historical births. 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 18th. 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

January 25, 1959 at 9:05 am PST the Jet Age began when American Airlines held their first scheduled transcontinental passenger plane. 25,000 people gathered at LAX to to see the ceremonies and watch the Boeing 707 take off. The plane arrived at New York International Airport just 4 hours and 3 minutes later.

This flight was such a large event that rival airlines, such as B.O.A.C. and Pan Am took out full-page newspaper advertisements congratulating American Airlines on its inaugural jet flight. This significant flight also came with a significant cost for the time. Ticket prices for one-way, First Class, were $198.88, and $124.40 for coach. A total of 112 passengers took the flight.

Later that day the plane returned to LAX, leaving New York at 6:27 pm EST and arriving on the West Coast 6 hours and 33 minutes later.


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