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Friday, February 13, 2015
Valentine's Day 2015: Feb. 14
Expressing one’s love to another is a celebrated custom on Valentine’s Day. Sweethearts and family members present gifts to one another, such as cards, candy, flowers and other symbols of affection.
Opinions differ as to who was the original Valentine, but the most popular theory is that he was a clergyman who was executed for secretly marrying couples in ancient Rome. In A.D. 496, Pope Gelasius I declared Feb. 14 as Valentine Day.
Esther Howland, a native of Massachusetts, is given credit for selling the first mass-produced valentine cards in the 1840s. The spirit continues today with even young children exchanging valentine’s cards with their fellow classmates.
The value of imports for cut flowers and buds for bouquets in 2014 through November. The total value of fresh cut roses as of October 2014 was $407,807,220. Source: U.S. Census Bureau: Foreign Trade Division USA Trade Online U.S. Import and Export Merchandise trade (Commodity code-060319 and 060311) <https://usatrade.census.gov/>
The provisional rate of marriages per 1,000 people performed in Nevada during 2011. So many couples tie the knot in the Silver State that it ranked number one nationally in marriage rates. Hawaii ranked second with a marriage rate of 17.6. Source: National Center for Health Statistics, <http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/marriage_rates_90_95_99-11.pdf>
The percentage of women who married for the first time between 1990 and 1994, who reached their 10th anniversary. This compares with 82.8 percent of women who married for the first time between 1960 and 1964. Men who married for the first time between 1990 and 1994, who reached their 10th anniversary was 77.3 percent. This compares with 83.4 percent who married for the first time between 1960 and 1964. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2009, <http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf> Table 4
The median time in years between divorce and a second marriage for men and women, respectively. However, the two medians are not statistically different from each other. Source: Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2009 <http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf> Table 8
9% and 7.9%
Among people 15 and older in 2009, the percentage of men and women, respectively, who had married twice and were still married. Source: Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2009 <http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf> Table 6