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Valentine's Day


Saint Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day falls on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, often anonymously. The holiday is named after two men, both Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The day is now most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines". Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The association estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

In the United States, the marketing of Valentine's Day has tagged it as a "Hallmark holiday".

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Valentine's Day Massacre

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The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre was used as a plot device in the 1959 film Some Like it Hot and was the subject of Roger Corman's 1967 film The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. It also inspired rapper 50 Cent's 2005 album "The Massacre."
The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre is the name given to the shooting of seven people as part of a Prohibition Era conflict between two powerful criminal gangs in Chicago, Illinois in the winter of 1929: the South Side Italian gang led by Al "Scarface" Capone and the North Side Irish/German gang led by George 'Bugs' Moran.

The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre was a result of a plan devised by Capone gang member Jack 'Machine Gun' McGurn to eliminate Moran, Capone's chief criminal enemy. The massacre was planned by McGurn partly in retaliation for an unsuccessful attempt by Frank and his brother Peter Gusenberg to murder him a month earlier. McGurn assembled a team of six men led by Fred Burke with the intent of having Moran lured into an ambush. Moran and his men would be tricked into visiting a warehouse on North Clark Street on the pretext of buying some bargain hijacked bootleg whiskey; Burke's team would then enter the building disguised as police officers and kill them. The chief architects of the plan, McGurn and Capone, would be well away from the scene.

To show by-standers that everything was under control, two of Capone's men dressed as civilians came out with their hands up, led by the gang members posing as police officers. The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre marked the end of Moran's power on the North Side, and his gang vanished into obscurity, enabling Capone to take over the area; however, the event also brought the belated and full attention of the federal government to Capone and his criminal activities. This was ultimately Capone's downfall, for it led to his conviction and imprisonment on the Volstead Act and income tax evasion charges in 1931.

The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre was used as a plot device in the 1959 film Some Like it Hot and was the subject of Roger Corman's 1967 film The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. The TV series Early Edition revolved a story around the event at the end of its final season, in the episode named "Everybody Goes to Rick's." It also inspired the song "Valentine's Day" by singer/song-writer James Taylor and rapper 50 Cent's 2005 album "The Massacre." It also gave its name to WWF Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, a pay per view event held in 1999. In the Simpsons episode 803 aired Oct 10th 1991, there is a reference to the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre when Bart shows Fat Tony a "Itchy & Scratchy" cartoon where Itchy lines up a bunch of cats in front of a wall and shoots them with a machine gun. Fat Tony then replies (laughing) "It's funny because it's true."

Source: Saint Valentine's Day - Wikipedia


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