In 1983, Gaddafi initiates work on the Great Manmade River, a network of wells and pipelines for water.
There must have been literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of initiates, across the millennium of classical history.
The idea that January 1st initiates a period of new beginning is not a flash of Hallmark brilliance.
"one who has been initiated," 1811, from past participle adjective initiate (c.1600); see initiate (v.).
c.1600, "introduce to some practice or system," also "begin, set going," from Latin initiatus, past participle of initiare "to begin, originate," from initium "beginning" (see initial). In some senses a back-formation from initiation. Related: Initiated; initiates; initiating; initiator.