Updated: Jan 9, 2019
10. January is named for Janus (Ianuarius), the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, where the Latin word for door (ianua) comes from - January is the door to the year.
9. The only Shakespeare plays that mention January are Much Ado About Nothing and Winter’s Tale.
8. January is popular as a “Divorce Month”. Lawyers think that most of the couples who are willing to separate file their divorce in the month of January. Experts believe that more than 2000 wives take advise on divorce in the month of January because of increasing unemployment.
7. January is National Soup Month in the U.S.
6. The Anglo Saxons actually called January as a Wolf Month. Because in January Winter, the wolves used to come out in human habitation to find food. To mark the time period in calendar, the Anglo-Saxons named it the Wolf Month.
5. In 1788 Georgia was the 4th state to ratify the US Constitution.
4. The BBC (British Broadcasting Company) took to the airwaves the first time on January 26, 1926 to members of the Royal Institution by John Logie Baird in his London Laboratory.
3. The first seat belt law took effect on January 1, 1986 requiring all vehicles (except buses) to be fitted with seat belts in all designated seating positions.
2. Before Julius Ceasar in 46 BC, January only had 30 days.
1. January is the coldest month in the Northern Hemisphere.