International Lefthanders Day – August 13th

International Lefthanders Day

August 13th

On August 13th we celebrate people who are left handed. On 13th August 1992 the Left-Handers Club launched International Left-Handers Day, an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.

The Left-Handers Club was formed with the intent to provide a help & advice line, to promote research into left-handedness and development of new left-handed items.

Learn more about the Left-Handed Club at

Some Left-Handed Trivia

  • 12% of the human population is left handed.
  • In a study by Harvard University they found that left handed people were 11 times more likely to suffer from allergies than right handed people.
  • Left handed people have more migraines then right handed people.
  • Lefties hear speech differently because they are right brained and perceive sound differently.
  • Many lefties are great song writers.
  • The right-hand side of the brain is thought to coordinate the left side of the body and control tasks to do with the arts and creativity.
  • A 1973 paper by psychologist Paul Bakan ‘Left-handedness and alcoholism‘ noted that a higher than expected number of patients in an alcoholism ward were left handed. 
  • 23% more men are left handed.
  • This study showed the left handers multi task better than people who are right handed.
  • Research showed that left handed people have a 39% higher chance of being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Lefties make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers and fencers. 40% of professional tennis players are lefties.
  • Left handed people mainly draw characters facing to the right, and right handed people draw them facing to the left.
  • US Presidents who were left handed include James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
  • Many years ago left handed people were forces to write right handed, including President Ronald Reagan.
  • Some left handed celebrities are Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Babe Ruth, Napoleon Bonaparte, Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Jimi Hendricks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Prince William, Neil Armstrong, Paul McCartney, Angelina Jolie, Keanu Reeves, Lady Gaga, Julia Roberts, Seth Rogen, Charlie Chaplin, Morgan Freeman, Lewis Carroll, Hugh Jackman, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joan of Arc, Hellen Keller, Emma Thompson, Annie Lennox, Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Kurt Cobain, David Bowie and Mother Teresa.

Sources for Information:
Left Handed Facts

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