Thursday, January 17, 2013

Did You Know?

Trivia about January
January is named after Janus, god of beginnings. Around 713 BC, the period between the 10th month (December) and the first month (March) became Ianuarius and Februarius. In 45 BC, Julius Caesar invented the Julian Calendar, switching some months around and basing it on a 365 day year, with a leap day every four years.

It was a fairly good system, only off by 11 minutes a year. Of course, that can really add up after a few centuries, so, in 1582, Pope Gegory XIII created the Gregorian Calendar, which is the calendar the western world uses today. 

With the Protestant reformation, with Catholics and the non-Catholic Christians each believing the other was a group of heretics, not everyone jumped on to Gregory's calendar right away. 170 years after most of the rest of the world changed, in England, and its American colonies, the dates jumped from Wednesday 2 September 1752 to Thursday 14 September 1752 within 24 hours. 

Looking back, having been born on September 7, 1533, Queen Elizabeth I missed her 19th birthday that year. Today Elizabeth is best known as a founder of the Church of England and a character played by Cate Blanchett in 'Elizabeth' and 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age.'

Birthstone:  Garnet  
Flower: Carnation or Snowdrop  
Astrological Signs:
Capricorn: December 22 - January 19
Aquarius: January 20 - February 18
Spanish: En enero
Italian: Gennaio
French: Janvier
German: Januar
Polish: Stycznia
Latin: Januarius


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