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7 Things You Didn't Know About Valentine’s Day

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First Valentine from Prison (1415)

Charles, Duke of Orléans, penned the initial Valentine from the Tower of London to his beloved Isabella during his 25-year imprisonment.

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Cupid's Greek Origins

Cupid, originally Eros, was a Greek god responsible for making mortals fall in love, with his playful demeanor concealing the potential for tragic consequences.

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Esther Howland and Mass-Produced Cards

Esther Howland, the Mother of American Valentine, commercialized Valentine's Day cards in the US, introducing affordable and elegant designs after seeing a pricey English card.

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Richard Cadbury's Heart-Shaped Chocolates

Richard Cadbury pioneered heart-shaped boxes of chocolates in 1868 as a Valentine's Day marketing strategy, enhancing the gift appeal.

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"Dear Juliet" Letters to Verona

The Juliet Club in Verona receives thousands of "Dear Juliet" letters worldwide, with the most touching one earning the "Cara Giulietta" prize for a visit to Juliet's house.

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Literal "Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve"

Roman men in the era of Emperor Claudius II wore the names of chosen women on their sleeves during the Roman celebration, symbolizing temporary unions.

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Pope Gelasius I Proclaims Valentine's Day (496 A.D.)

Pope Gelasius I officially declared February 14 as a festival in honor of St. Valentine in 496 A.D., initially unrelated to romantic love but later evolving during the Middle Ages.