January symbolizes new beginnings and fresh hopes for all of us. As you celebrate, consider some of these facts about the first month of the new year:
• January is named after the Roman god Janus, who ruled over beginnings and transitions and is often depicted as having two faces — one that looks forward and one that looks to the past.
• Birthstone: Garnet.
• Flower: Carnation.
• Birthdays: Paul Revere, Jan. 1, 1735; Edgar Allen Poe, Jan. 19, 1809; Richard M. Nixon, Jan. 9, 1913; Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 15, 1929; Michelle Obama, Jan. 17, 1964.
- 1547 – Henry VIII dies
- 188 – Gold discovered in California
- 1959 – Alaska enters the Union
- 1967 – First Super Bowl held