1. Inventors patented breakthrough technologies on this day.
It was on February 14, 1876 when Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell applied for the United States Patent and Trademark Office for their invention – the telephone.
2. There’s a state in the United States that holds the record of growing the most number of roses.
California is called the Rose Bowl for a reason. This U.S. state grows approximately 60% of the roses in the country. Because of that, on Valentine’s Day, there’s an increase of flower purchases in the Golden State.
3. In 2014, Americans spent billions for Valentine’s Day cards alone.
According to the Greeting Card Association, Americans spent more than a billion buying about 150 million cards in 2014. For that, V-Day is considered the second most popular card-giving holiday next to Christmas.
4. February 13 and 14 are two days with the most chocolate sales.
Although chocolates are made for Halloween, Easter, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, when it comes to individual day sales, Valentine’s Day tops them all. However, because the Christmas season lasts longer, it has more sales.
5. Cupid’s mother is a Roman goddess.
Like all of us, Cupid also has a mother. She is the goddess of love in Roman Mythology. She goes by the name Venus.
6. People flock to one Italian city every February 14.
Whether you believe it or not, more than 1,000 couples visit the Italian City of Verona every Valentine’s Day. Perhaps the reason for its popularity among couples is that it was the setting for the famous love story of Romeo and Juliet.
7. In 1866, the conversation hearts (candy hearts with messages printed on them) were first introduced.
Who could ever forget about conversation hearts? These candy hearts with messages printed on them were first introduced in 1866. They were invented by Daniel Chase, who used food dye to print the text on the candies, which were then made by his brother’s company – Necco.
Love it or hate it, but you can’t deny that Valentine’s Day is a special day we all look forward to. And whether you are in a relationship or not, chances are love will teach you a lesson or two. So, be happy and find good in love this special day. Happy Valentine’s Day!