He was St. Valentine...a temple priest jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius. Valentine really existed because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.
THE ORIGIN OF THE VALENTINE CARD: While he was imprisoned, Valentine restored the sight of his jailer’s daughter. He befriended her, and may have even fallen in love. Before being dragged off to his execution, he left her a farewell note that was signed, “From your Valentine.”
The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre is the name given to the 1929 murder of seven mob associates as part of a prohibition era conflict between two powerful criminal gangs in Chicago: the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone and the North Side Irish gang led by Bugs Moran. Former members of the Egan's Rats gang were also suspected of having played a significant role in the incident, assisting Capone.
Who was Saint Valentine? When did Valentine’s Day start? And how did hearts, flowers, love letters and chocolate candies get associated with this holiday? Let’s take a closer look at Saint Valentine and the history of Valentine’s Day to answer these questions. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Saint Valentine Early church … … Continue reading →