Valentine's Day Facts
Test Your Valentine's Day
By Joe Wilkes
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- Who was the first to declare Valentine's Day an
official holiday in 1537? It was that old romantic King
Henry VIII. His motto was "True Heart" and he had a heart and the word "loyal"
sewn onto his clothesironic in light of his six marriages. But to this
day nothing says "I love you" like a heart or "it's over" like a
- What was invented by NECCO in
1866? The NECCO company, maker of the delicious NECCO
wafers, invented "Conversation Hearts" in 1866. With new sayings added every
year, more than 8 billion are expected to be sold between January 1 and
February 14 this year.
- The city of Verona receives 1,000 letters for whom every
Valentine's Day? The lucky lady is Juliet, the
star-crossed lover immortalized in William Shakespeare's Romeo and
Juliet. Undeterred by the fact that she is both dead and fictional, every
year around 1,000 correspondents wish her many happy returns on the day.
- What product was introduced
on Valentine's Day in 1929? Penicillin. Discovered by
Alexander Fleming in 1928 and introduced to the public on Valentine's Day the
following year (the same day as the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre).
Maybe not the most romantic product, but one which has cleared up the side
effects of many an unprotected encounter.
- Who sent the earliest known Valentine's Day card?
Charles, the Duke of Orleans sent his wife a love poem in
1415 while imprisoned in the Tower of London. The valentine is now in the