The Daily Illini

Valentine’s Day: A not-so-sweet origin

An envelope addressed to Benjamin Nelson on Feb. 13, 1909, containing a Valentine's Day greeting. 

February 13, 2014

The date is Feb. 14, 1817. A young man eagerly pens a Valentine’s Day poem for the young lady who has caught his fancy. Taking great care with the rhyme and the card, he hands it off to the postman and awaits her reply. Shortly thereafter, he receives a lace-covered Valentine’s response, but alas, n...