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Sunday, February 13, 2011

10 Interesting facts about Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air once more as we celebrate Heart’s Day. But before we go out for our dates, here are some trivia about the day in recognition of love and romance:

Valentine’s Day was named after St. Valentine, one of the martyred saints of ancient Rome.

Valentine's Day is believed to have been derived from the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia, an ancient Roman pastoral festival. In the year 496, Pope Gelasius I renamed Lupercalia festival as Valentine's Day and moved its date from February 15th to 14th.

Approximately as many as one billion cards are sent on Valentine’s Day each year.

Shakespeare referred to Valentine's Day in Act 4, Scene 5 of “Hamlet”.

Alexander Graham Bell applied for the patent on the telephone on February 14, 1876. It was later approved on March 7 that year.

It is believed that it was on 14th of February, that St. Valentine was executed. Before he died, he wrote a letter to his love - the jailer's daughter, signed "From Your Valentine".

In the Victorian era, if someone signs a card on Valentine's Day, it means bad luck.

Alexander Fleming announced the discovery of penicillin on Valentine’s Day in 1929.

Charles I, the Duke of Orleans sent the first Valentine's Day card to his French wife, after being captured in 1415.

The City of Verona in Italy, where Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Especially to my wife, Analie!


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