January 1, is the day that the new calendar year starts, according to the Gregorian Calendar that is in worldwide use. The most popular holiday of the day is New Years Day. It is also a great day to start working on setting your annual New Years Resolutions!
It is a day of new beginnings! One of my favorite Quotes is "Cherish Yesterday, Dream Tomorrow, Embrace Today". This would be great for everyone to learn to do everyday!
The drink of the day is a Bloody Mary, for those who indulged too much during their New Years Eve Celebration the night before!
Holidays and Observances
2016 Daily Holidays that fall on January 1, include:
2016 Monthly Holidays that include January 1, are:
There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out my January Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of January.
A page on each holiday will be coming eventually, and linked above.
If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.
World Festivals and Events
Mummer's Parade - January 1 Held each year on New Years Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, It is believed to be the oldest folk festival in the United States.
Rose Bowl Game - January 1, 2016
Rose Parade or Tournament of Roses Parade is held every year on January 1 in Pasadena, California. If Jan. 1st is a Sunday, then it will be held on January 2. It is a festival of flower covered floats, marching bands, equestrian riders followed by the Rose Bowl college football game.
The Astrological Sign for January 1 is a Capricorn.
Birth Flower of the Month
The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for January are:
Carnation - The Carnation is the Birth Flower for January. The symbolization of the Carnation means love, pride, beauty, purity, distinction, fascination, and loyal.
Snowdrop is a white flower with three small petals in the middle surrounded by three larger petals on the outside. The symbolization of the snowdrop means love, fascination, and purity.
See our GARDEN HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating things of the garden!
The Birthstone for January is Garnet, which comes in a rainbow of colors. It is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.
1735-1818 - Paul Revere, Patriot in the American Revolutionary War
1752-1836 - Betsy Ross, seamstress who designed the first U.S. Flag
1895-1972 - J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director from 1924-1972
1782 - Johann Christian Bach, German composer (b. 1735)
1953 - Hank Williams, American singer and songwriter (Drifting Cowboys) (b. 1923)
1968 - Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, American publisher who founded DC Comics (b. 1890)
Famous Weddings and Divorces
1772 - Founding Father of the United States, Thomas Jefferson marries Martha Wayles Skelton
1824 - US President James Knox Polk marries Sarah Childress
1989 - Actor Leonard Nimoy marries actress Susan Bay
1994 - Microsoft CEO Bill Gates marries Melinda French
Quote of the Day
Recipe of the Day or a Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day
A perfect healthy meal that can be fixed ahead of time. You can use this for dipping chips, while watching the games on January 1. Click the link above for the recipe, on Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website.
This Day in History
Below are some of the big historical events that happened on January 1:
1 - Origin of Christian Era
1776 - General George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag
1861 - President Lincoln declares slavery in the Confederate states unlawful
1862 - 1st US income tax (3% of incomes > $600, 5% of incomes > $10,000)
1863 - Lincoln signs Emancipation Proclamation
1880 - Building of the Panama Canal begins
1886 - 1st Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California
1892 - Ellis Island becomes reception center for new immigrants to the United States
1908 - 1st time, ball signifying the New Year is dropped at Times Square in New York City
1913 - Post office begins parcel post deliveries
1934 - Alcatraz officially becomes a federal prison
1942 - United Nations is created by 26 nations who agreed to sign a declaration to create a peace keeping organization.
1948 - 1st color newsreel filmed in Pasadena, California
1959 - Batista forced out by Castro-led revolution
1962 - United States Navy SEAL's are established
1971 - Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
1985 - 1st mandatory seat belt law in the United States, goes into effect in New York
1998 - The European Central Bank is established
This Day in Music
1960 - Johnny Cash plays the 1st of many free concerts behind bars
1966 - Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1
Live in Central Park in New York in 1981
This Day in Sports
Below are just a few of the many great Sports Events or accomplishments that happened on January 1:
1935 - 1st Orange Bowl
1935 - 1st Sugar Bowl
1977 - Tony Dorsett runs for a record 202 yards in the Sugar Bowl
Word of the Day from Wiktionary
Inception - (noun)
1. The Creation or beginning of something, the Establishment.
Wishing You a Great Day!
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