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  • Publish Date: Posted over 2 years ago
  • Author: Steve Twinley

Happy Valentine’s Day from Next Phase! On this 14th February 2022, we wish everyone in our Next Phase network a happy day with your loved ones, however you may be spending it.


Did you know:


  • “St. Valentine’s Day” originated from the end of the 5th century AD, following a declaration by Roman Pope Gelasius. However, it wasn’t until the 1300s that 14th February became associated with love and romance.


  • 14th February was generally thought to be the start of mating season for birds.


  • The first heart-shaped box of chocolates was introduced in 1861, by Richard Cadbury, son of Cadbury founder John Cadbury.


  • It may not be very romantic...but a very important invention was introduced on Valentine's Day. On 14th February 1929, a young bacteriologist named Alexander Fleming introduced penicillin to the world!