England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14, as a St. Valentine's Day,in 1537
In Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine's Day card.
According to a statistics, more than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine's Day, as for most of us, pets aren't just pets, they are family.
Men spend almost twice as much on Valentine's Day as women do. Retail Me Not reports that the average guy spends about $287 on a Valentine's Day gift. Women spend an average of $164.
In Japan, women are expected to give chocolate and other gifts to men on Valentine's Day. They return the favour on March 14th, known as White Day.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their future valentine would be .They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. In fact, that's where the expression 'wearing your heart on your sleeve' comes from.
Chocolate and Valentine's Day go together . Richard Cadbury from the Cadbury chocolates family started for the trend of gifting the box of Valentine's Day chocolates. In 1868, he gave chocolates to his beloved in a heart-shaped box. More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.
In South Korea, the 14th of every month marks a romantic holiday of some sort. List of events celebrated every month in this order: Candle Day, Valentine's Day, White Day, Black Day, Rose Day, Kiss Day, Silver Day, Green Day Music Day, Wine Day, Movie Day, and Hug Day.
Valentine's day is also Singles Awareness Day(SAD).So don't despair, if you're single.
The most disliked gift, for men, is flowers. For women, a gym membership or exercise equipment.
But Husbands and boyfriends like to give bouquets. 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
In the 1920′s, it was a card shaped like a… tomato. Tomatoes were also known as 'love apples.'
According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.
The Catholic Church struck St. Valentine's Day from its official calendar in 1969.
15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings. Millions of rose stems are sold in the U.S. on Valentine's Day.
Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
On St. Valentine's Day, girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods to make them dream of their future spouse.
Every Valentine's Day, the Italian city of Verona,home town of Romeo and Juliet ,receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.
1766 Thomas Malthus (economist)
1819 Christopher Latham Sholes (inventor of the first practical typewriter, created QWERTY keyboard layout, newspaper publisher, politician)
1894 Jack Benny (comedian)
1913 Jimmy Hoffa (labor leader)
1921 Hugh Downs
1927 Lois Maxwell (actress)
1929 Victor Morrow (actor)
1942 Michael Bloomberg (businessman, mayor of New York City)
1944 Carl Bernstein (journalist)
1946 Tim Buckley(American singer-songwriter and guitarist)
1968 Jules Asner(American television personality, writer, and former fashion model)
1951 Kevin Keegan (soccer player and manager)
1952 Christopher Monckton (public speaker, hereditary peer)
1970 Simon Pegg (actor, comedian, writer, film producer, film director
1972 Rob Thomas(American singer and songwriter)
1973 Steve McNair(American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL)