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In most countries, January is the first month of the calendar to greet the new year. It was named by the ancient Romans for their god Janus.

Curiously, the Roman calendar at that time had only 10 months. Since this made for a short year, the wives of the Romans dreaded the thought of their birthdays rolling around so quickly. So very determinedly they persuaded their husbands to add an 11th month to lengthen the year. This additional month was

Updated 10:25 am, October 12, 2011
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