St. Valentine was a Roman priest executed on February 14th, 270 A.D., for
disobeying an imperial edict forbidding marriage ceremonies.
2. February 14th was also the day Romans honored Juno, goddess of
3. Medieval Europeans believed birds mated on February 14th.
4. 73% of U.S. men buy flowers on Valentines Day.
5. 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentines Day.
6. According to superstition, if a woman sees a robin on Valentines
Day, she'll marry a sailor; if she sees a sparrow, she'll marry a poor
man and be happy; and if she sees a goldfinch, she'll marry a
millionaire and be very happy.
7. Queen Victoria sent over 2,500 Valentines during her reign.
8. The Welsh used to give each other wooden spoons on February 14th.
9. During the nineteenth century, romantic Brits would simply pick
the first person they saw on February 14th to be their Valentine.
10. Finns celebrate Valentines Day by being nice to their friends.
7 OTHER EXCITING EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE ON FEBRUARY 14th
1. Oregon became the 33rd state.
2. Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray applied for patent rights to
3. The Department of Commerce and Labor was established.
4. The United Parcel Service was founded.
5. Thomas Watson formed IBM.
6. Al Capone wiped out his rivals in The Valentines Day Massacre.
7. The Ayatollah Khomeini declared his feelings for Salman Rushdie by
calling on Moslems around the world to kill him on sight.
Valentine’s Day originated from St. Valentine, a Roman man who was
martyred for refusing to give up Christianity.
As the story goes, Saint Valentine served as a priest in Rome
during the days of Emperor Claudius II, a ruler who felt the
reason he was having a hard time recruiting soldiers for his
army was because many Roman men did not want to leave their
loved ones. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and
engagements in Rome.
During this time, Saint
Valentine and Saint Marius secretly married couples. Once
Emperor Claudius II found out about these acts, he sentenced
Saint Valentine to death. Saint Valentine suffered martyrdom on
the 14th day of February, 269 A.D. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set
aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine.
centuries, February has been recognized in the Western world as
the month to celebrate romance. Each February, gifts are
exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.
As time evolved, February 14th became the date for exchanging
love messages, while St. Valentine became the patron saint of
lovers. On this date, people sent poems and gifts to others as a
sign of love. Others gathered socially to celebrate the day.
In the U.S., Esther Howland is known to be the first person to
send valentine cards.
Hundreds of years ago in
England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine's Day.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl
to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these
names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your
sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how
you are feeling.