Valentine's Day

Updated January 25, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

A worldwide celebration of love

Have you ever wondered how Valentine's Day became a holiday, who Saint Valentine is, or how Necco comes up with the phrases for their candy hearts? We did, too!

We collected all of our favorite Valentine's Day trivia into one place! Learn about the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the history of wedding traditions, or just play a game of Valentine's Day hangman!

Valentine's Day


Famous Love Stories
Legendary couples from Antony and Cleopatra to Abigail and John Adams; we have the story on all of them!

Fictional Love Stories
Learn about classic love stories in literature, opera, and television

American Film Institute's 100 Greatest Love Stories
From Casablanca to Jerry Maguire, the AFI rated them all and came up with the most unbeatable love stories.

Quotations from Classic Love Poems
Shakespeare, Virgil, and Edna St. Vincent Millay

Classic Love Poems on the Web
Words of love are only a click away

Facts and History

History of Valentine's Day
Pagan festivals, Christian saints, Chaucer's love birds, and the Greeting Card Association of America

Valentine's Day by the Numbers
Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Al Capone's violent plan to take down his rival was thought to be a bloody success...but the prime target got away.

Wedding Lore and Traditions
From bridesmaids to tossing the bouquet, learn the history of all the wedding traditions you ever wondered about.

Fun Stuff

Valentine's Day Hangman Game
See if you can guess all the words having to do with love and romance!

Spelling Love with Candy Hearts
How do those little hearts get their phrases? We asked and found out!

Encyclopedia: Saint Valentine
Not much is known about this mysterious, third-century saint. In fact, all we really know is his name and burial place. Find out about the lore around St. Valentine.

Encyclopedia: Saint Valentine's Day
It wasn't until the Middle Ages that people began to celebrate St. Valentine and courtly love.

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