By Tate Marcinkoski
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I did some research and found some pretty cool facts about the holiday. Here are my favorites:
1. Approximately 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every year in the U.S.
2. Teachers will get the most valentines followed by kids, moms, wives, sweethearts and pets.
3. More than 198 million roses are produced for Valentine’s Day.
4. England’s King Henry VIII, who had SIX wives, declared February 14 a holiday in 1537.
5. Necco invented conversation heart candies in 1866, decorating them with phrases like hug me, be mine and true love.
6. In 1868, the British candy company Cadbury created the first heart shaped boxes of chocolates for Valentine’s Day.
7. Nearly 6 million couples will get engaged on Valentine’s Day.
8. During Valentine’s Day, Verona, Italy receives more than 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet, the famous character from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” play.
9. The expression “wear your heart on your sleeve” actually has historical meaning. During the Middle Ages young people drew names from a bowl to see who would be their valentine. They had to wear the name on their sleeve for one week.
10. There are enough candy hearts made each year to stretch from Valentine, Arizona to Rome, Italy and back again.
11. 14 percent of women will send flowers to themselves on Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day isn’t always about romance. Here are some other big events that happened throughout history on February 14:
- Oregon became the 33rd state admitted to the Union in 1859.
- In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent for the telephone.
- Alexander Fleming introduced the medicine penicillin in 1929.
- The original Dracula film was released in 1931.
- The 13th Winter Olympics opened in Lake Placid, New York, in 1980.
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