Daily Almanac for Sunday, February 14, 2021: Valentine’s Day

Saint Valentine By ยฉ Ralph Hammann – Wikimedia Commons – Own work, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org
Valentine’s Day Flowers, such as red roses bought as a present 2012 photo by By aussiegall from sydney, Australia, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

ST. VALENTINE

Although a Christian bishop named Valentine was martyred on February 14 in A.D. 271, there is nothing in this legend to account for the custom of choosing a sweetheart on this day.By the early 1600s, handmade valentines were customarily sent from admirers to sweethearts. About 1800 the first commercial cards appeared. Cards were usually sent anonymously. As early as 1822, an English official reported having to hire extra postal workers on this day. In 1849, Esther Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts, started selling quality valentines so popular that she was called โ€œMother of the American Valentine.โ€

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