The month of January's birthstone is the Garnet. The garnet represents Constancy and calmness.
January's Birth Flower
January’s birth flower, the carnation, comes in several different colors to convey different meanings, much like roses. A pink carnation means affection, while a red carnation means ‘I love you.’ White carnations mean pure love, striped carnations means regret that a love is not shared, and yellow means rejection or disappointment. The other January flower is the snowdrop, which used to be considered bad luck due to the fact that it would always seem to appear to grow in graveyards. Nowadays, it signifies hope and beauty.
January is National Soup Month
Our Family's Favorite Soup for the month of January;
French Pumpkin Soup
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 medium shallots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
5 cups chicken stock
1 medium pie pumpkin (3 lbs.), seeded and cubed
3 large potatoes (2 lbs.), peeled and cubed
½ cup heavy cream
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Salt, to taste
In a large saucepan, sauté the shallots and garlic over medium heat until they turn translucent and tender. Add the chicken stock, pumpkin, and potatoes to the pan and bring to a simmer. Allow the vegetables to simmer gently for 35-50 minutes, until they’re tender. Puree the soup in a countertop blender or with an immersion blender until it is completely smooth. Stir in the heavy cream and heat through.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Best Chili Recipes
Here, you will find some of the best recipes for making homemade chili, including my very own personal family favorite, " Mom's Best Chili Ever". A delicious pot of chili is perfect on a cold day.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -
Joan if Arc
Famous people born in January
Paul Revere - Patriot of the American Revolution who warned his fellow patriots, during his legendary midnight ride, that the British were coming.
Sir Isaac Newton -
Physicist and mathematician who became one of the most influential scientist of all time for formulating the three basic laws of motion and the law of universal gravitation. He built the first practical reflecting telescope and his work helped Enlightenment thinkers rebel against Church theology.
Known as "The King of Rock n' Roll," he rose to prominence in the late 1950's, becoming a legendary presence in cultural history and the best-selling solo artist in the history of pop. He released such #1 singles as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Stuck on You."
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Considered by most experts to have been a child prodigy and a musical genius, he defined the Classical era with over 600 works. His classical operas include 1791's "The Magic Flute" and "The Marriage of Figaro."
He learned to play the piano by watching his sister's lessons. He began composing music and performing for royalty at age five.
Louis Braille - Blind inventor of a system of writing for blind people known as Braille. He later extended his system into musical notations and in 1829 he published his first book on his work, "Method of Writing Words, Music, and Plain Songs by Means of Dots, for Use by the Blind and Arranged for Them." He was only fifteen year old when he invented the Braille language of raised dots.
Joan of Arc - Catholic saint, who disguised herself as a man and led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War. After being captured by the Burgundians she was burned at the stake for heresy when she was 19 years old. The famous actress, Ingrid Bergman, portrayed her in a 1948 Victor Fleming film.
First New Year Ball Drop in New York
First underground passenger railway system. London, England
The Pentagon opens (1943)
Historical Events that Happened in the Month of January
Emma M. Nutt become sthe first woman telephone operator. (1878)
The ball was first dropped at Times Square in New York City. (1908)
Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge (1870)
Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph (1838)
Astronomer Galileo Galilei discovers four of Jupiters moons. (1610)
The United Nations opens it's headquarters in New York City.
The world's first underground passenger railway system opens in London, England (1863)
American League baseball adopts the "Designated Hitter" rule (1973)
Batman debuts on television (1966)
The United States of America ratifies a treaty with England ending the Revolutionary war. (1784)
The Miami Dolphins defeat the Washington Redskins in Superbowl VII , and become the first undefeated team in NFL history. (1973)
The Simpsons debut on television. Will Tv ever be the same again!?! (1990)
The Pentagon opens (1943)
Happy Days premieres on television (1974)
Operation Desert Storm begins to oust Saddam Hussein's' Iraqi forces from Kuwait. (1991)
The U.S. Supreme court rules that taping on home VCRs does not violate copyright laws. (1984)
The Beatles release "Meet the the Beatles", their first album to the U.S., sparking a new "English invasion". (1964)
At 69 years, 349 days old, Ronald Reagan becomes the oldest person to become U.S. president. (1981)
Edward Jenner introduces the smallpox vaccine, which eventually leads to wiping out this deadly disease.(1799)
The first Kiwanis club is formed in Detroit. (1915)
Science fiction writer George Orwell dies. (1950)
A historic Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade legalizes abortion. (1973)
The deadliest earthquake in history strikes Shansi, China, killing 830,000 people. (1556)
Beer was first sold in cans . See Beer Can Appreciation Day (1935)
WWII Yalta agreement signed by the U.S., England, and Russia. The agreement defined how Germany would be divided and administered after the war's end.(1945)
The first Winter Olympic games begin in Chamonix, France. (1924)
The first Emmy awards were given out. (1949)
The Dental Drill was patented. (1875)
The Russians liberate Auschwitz in WWII (1945)
Tragedy strikes the Apollo space program as a fire in the command module kills astronauts Lt. Col. Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Lt. Col. Edward H. White, and Lt. Cdr. Roger Chafee . (1967)
U.S. space shuttle Challenger explodes 72 seconds after liftoff, killing the seven crew members. Among the crew was school teacher Christa McAuliffe. (1986)
Baseball's American League is founded (1900)
Tet New Year offensive launched by Viet Cong guerillas in Vietnam. (1968)
Confederates appoint Robert E. Lee their Commander in Chief.
Early 10 Month Roman Calender List of months and days
The month of January Historical Facts
"January is the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of seven months with the length of 31 days. The first day of the month is known as New Year's Day. It is, on average, the coldest month of the year within most of the Northern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of winter) and the warmest month of the year within most of the Southern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of summer). In the Southern hemisphere, January is the seasonal equivalent of July in the Northern hemisphere and vice versa.
January (in Latin, Ianuarius) is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) since January is the door to the year.
Traditionally, the original Roman calendar consisted of 10 months totaling 304 days, winter being considered a month-less period. Around 713 BC, the semi-mythical successor of Romulus, King Numa Pompilius, is supposed to have added the months of January and February, allowing the calendar to equal a standard lunar year (354 days). Although March was originally the first month in the old Roman Calendar, January became the first month of the calendar year under either Numa or the Decemvirs about 450 BC (Roman writers differ). In contrast, specific years pertaining to dates were identified by naming two consuls, who entered office on May 1 and March 15 until 153 BC, when they began to enter office on January 1."
"Various Christian feast dates were used for the New Year in Europe during the Middle Ages, including March 25 and December 25. However, medieval calendars were still displayed in the Roman fashion of twelve columns from January to December. Beginning in the 16th century, European countries began officially making January 1 the start of the New Year once again—sometimes called Circumcision Style because this was the date of the Feast of the Circumcision, being the seventh day after December 25."
Historical names for January include its original Roman designation, Ianuarius, the Saxon term Wulf-monath (meaning wolf month) and Charlemagne's designation Wintarmanoth (winter / cold month). In Slovene, it is traditionally called január. The name, associated with millet bread and the act of asking for something, was first written in 1466 in the Škofja Loka manuscript.
According to Theodor Mommsen, 1 January became the first day of the year in 600 AUC of the Roman Calendar (153 BC), due to disasters in the Lusitanian War. A Lusitanian chief called Punicus invaded the Roman territory, defeated two Roman governors, and slew their troops. The Romans resolved to send a consul to Hispania, and in order to accelerate the dispatch of aid, "they even made the new consuls enter on office two months and a half before the legal time" (15th of March)."
Official January Holidays
Jan 1 Friday - New Year's Day - Federal Holiday
Jan 6 Wednesday - Epiphany - Christian
Jan 7 Thursday - Orthodox Christmas Day - Orthodox
Jan 13 Wednesday - Stephen Foster Memorial Day - Observance
Jan 14 Thursday - Orthodox New Year - Orthodox
Jan 15 Friday - Lee Jackson Day - State holiday Virginia
Jan 18 Monday - Martin Luther King Day - Federal Holiday
Jan 18 Monday - Robert E Lee's Birthday - State holiday - Alabama, Arkansas
Jan 18 Monday - State Holiday - State holiday - Mississippi
Jan 18 Monday - Idaho Human Rights Day - State holiday, Idaho
Jan 18 Monday - Civil Rights Day - State holiday - Arizona, New Hampshire
Jan 19 Tuesday - Robert E Lee's Birthday - State holiday - Florida
Jan 19 Tuesday - State Holiday - State holiday - Texas
Jan 25 Monday - Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat - Jewish holiday
Jan 29 Friday - Kansas Day - Observance
January 2016 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days: Most just for fun
1 New Year's Day (Federal Holiday)
2 Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
3 Festival of Sleep Day
3 Fruitcake Toss Day
3 Humiliation Day
4 Trivia Day
5 National Bird Day
6 Bean Day
6 Cuddle Up Day
7 Old Rock Day
8 Bubble Bath Day
8 Male Watcher's Day
9 Play God Day
10 Houseplant Appreciation Day
10 Peculiar People Day
11 Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day
12 Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day
12 National Pharmacist Day
13 International Skeptics Day
13 Make Your Dream Come True Day
14 Dress Up Your Pet Day
15 National Hat Day
16 Appreciate a Dragon Day
16 National Nothing Day
17 Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
18 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday , celebrated on the third Monday (Federal Holiday)
18 Thesaurus Day
18 Winnie the Pooh Day -The Birthday of Winnie's author A.A. Milne
19 National Popcorn Day
20 National Butter crunch Day
20 Penguin Awareness Day
21 National Hugging Day
21 Squirrel Appreciation Day
22 National Blonde Brownie Day
23 National Pie Day
23 National Handwriting Day
23 Measure Your Feet Day
24 Beer Can Appreciation Day
24 Compliment Day
25 Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day - last Monday of month
25 Opposite Day
26 Spouse's Day
27 Chocolate Cake Day
27 Punch the Clock Day
28 Data Privacy Day
28 Fun at Work Day
28 National Kazoo Day
29 National Puzzle Day
29 National Cornchip Day
30 National Inane Answering Message Day
31 Backward Day
31 Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
Kid's Poem for January
I’m a Little Snowflake
I'm a little snowflake
You can see...
No other snowflake
Looks like me!
Please pick me up
After I fall,
And roll me with my friends
To make a snowball.
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