18.02.14 Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2018
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Valentine’s Day:

Why February 14th?

According to Congress, the romance we associate with Valentine’s Day might have originated from a medieval belief that birds select their mates on this day.


Did You Know?

  • Esther Howland (‘New England’s first career woman”) sold the first mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards in the late 1840s.
  • The tradition itself dates back to 15th century Europe, but Howland first popularized Valentine’s Day cards in America.

Click HERE: Her Cards

How Do We Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

  • More than half of all Americans plan to celebrate.
  • Average $pending:A $143.56.
  • Total $pending est: $19.6 billion, including $1.8 billion on candy, $2 billion on flowers, and $4.7 billion on jewelry.

It's Not All Sweet…Flip!

OTD 1929:

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

  • Gang violence plagued Chicago during prohibition (1920 – 1933).
  • Notorious gangster Al Capone reportedly ordered the infamous mob shooting of 7 rival gang members, firing squad style.

Click HERE: Photos

Also Today:
Ash Wednesday

  • For the first time in 73 years, Ash Wednesday & Valentine’s Day fall on same day.
  • Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent – a holy period ahead of Easter.
  • Some Christians receive ashes on their forehead as a sign of their faith.

by Jenna Lee,