VALENTINE’S DAY TRIVIA
England's King Henry VII declared February 14, the holiday of St Valentine's Day, in 1537.
On February 14, 1876, Valentine's Day, Alexander Graham Bell filed his patent for a Telephone.
More than one in five persons has dinner out to celebrate Valentine's Day, making this the third most popular restaurant day.
One billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year, second only to Christmas.
Women purchase 85% of all Valentines cards sold.
Men account for about 73% of Valentine's Day flower sales.
About 3 percent of pet owners buy Valentine’s day gifts for their furry friends.
Two U.S. cities are named after St. Valentine - Valentine, Nebraska and Valentine, Texas.
Sweethearts aren't at the top of the list for receiving Valentine’s Day cards. Teachers are first, children come next, followed by mothers, wives and sweethearts!
Esther Howland (1828–1904) 'The Mother of the American Valentine,' she was responsible for popularizing Valentine's Day greeting cards in America. Esther Howland built up a business selling Valentines in her hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts, and her sentimental, romantic Valentines were popular.
William Shakespeare mentions Valentine’s Day in Hamlet Act 4 Scene 5
"Tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donned his clothes,
And dupped the chamber door.
Let in the maid that out a maid
Never departed more."
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