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Interesting Facts Associated With
Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Cards

192 million - Number of Valentine’s Day cards exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (This total excludes packaged kids valentines for classroom exchanges.) (Source: Hallmark research)

Nearly 60 percent - Typically, the proportion of all Valentine’s Day cards purchased in the six days prior to the observance, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight. (Source: Hallmark research)

Be Mine

2.2 million - The number of marriages that take place in the United States annually. That breaks down to more than 6,000 a day.

145,800 - The number of marriages performed in Nevada during 2004. So many couples “tie the knot” in the Silver State that it ranked fourth nationally in marriages, even though its total population that year among states was 35th.

25.8 and 27.4 - The estimated U.S. median ages at first marriage for women and men, respectively, in 2004. The age for women rose 4.7 years in the last three decades. The age for men at first marriage is up 4.3 years.

54% and 57% - The percentages of American women and men, respectively, who are 15 or older and currently married (includes those who are separated).

4.7 milllion - Number of opposite-sex cohabitating couples who maintained households in 2004. These couples comprised 4.2 percent of all households.

Candy is Dandy

1,271 - Number of locations producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2003. These establishments employed 43,379 people. California led the nation in the number of such establishments (with 146) followed by Pennsylvania (with 120).

519 - Number of locations that produced nonchocolate confectionary products in 2003. These establishments employed 23,343 people.

$13.5 billion - Total value of shipments in 2003 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products. Nonchocolate confectionery product manufacturing, meanwhile, was a $5.5 billion industry.

3,523 - Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2003. Often referred to as candy stores, they are among the best sources of sweets for Valentine’s Day.

24.7 pounds - Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2004. Candy consumption has actually declined over the last few years; in 1997, each American gobbled or savored more than 27 pounds of candy a year.

Flowers

22,022 - The number of florists nationwide in 2003. These businesses employed 113,270 people.

$43 million - The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut roses in 2004 for all businesses in 36 states with $100,000 or more in sales. Among all types of cut flowers, roses were second in receipts to lilies ($78 million).

$422 million - The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2004 for all flower-producing businesses in 36 states with $100,000 or more in sales. Among states, California was the leading producer, alone accounting for nearly three-quarters of this amount ($304 million).

Jewelry

28,527 - Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2003. Jewelry stores offer engagement, wedding and other rings to lovers of all ages. In February 2005, these stores sold $2.4 billion worth of merchandise.

The merchandise at these locations could well have been produced at one of the nation’s 1,892 jewelry manufacturing establishments. The manufacture of jewelry was an $8.6 billion industry in 2003.

Young and Looking for Love
120 - Number of single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) who are in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same ages.

Young at Heart and Looking for Love
33 - Number of single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) age 65 or older for every 100 single women of the same ages.
 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Famous Events on Feb. 14
1849 - In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first President of the United States to have his photograph taken.

1859 - Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state.

1876 - Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone.

1899 - Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections.

1912 - Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state.

1920 - The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago, Illinois.

1924 - IBM corporation founded.

1929 - St. Valentine's Day Massacre: Seven gangsters rivaling Al Capone are murdered in Chicago, Illinois.

1980 - Walter Cronkite announces his retirement from CBS Evening News.
 

Famous Births on Feb. 14
1894 - Jack Benny, actor, comedian

1913 - Jimmy Hoffa, labor union leader

1921 - Hugh Downs, game show host, journalist

1934 - Florence Henderson, television actress

1973 - Steve McNair, football quarterback
Source: Wikipedia
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Below are names of some romantic-sounding places:

Valentine, Neb.
Lovelady, Texas
Valentine, Texas
Loving County, Texas
Loveland, Colo.
Lovington, N.M.
Lovejoy, Ga.
Loving, N.M.
Loves Park, Ill.
Love County, Okla.
Lovelock, Nev.
Lovington, Ill.
Love Valley, N.C.
Romeo, Colo.
Loveland, Ohio
Romeo, Mich.
Loveland Park, Ohio Romeoville, Ill.
Loveland, Okla.

(Source: American FactFinder)