International Left Handers Awareness Day 2019

International Left-Handers Day is celebrated on August 13 annually to celebrate the differences and uniqueness of the left-handers. Read more about Left-handers.

International Left Handers Awareness Day 2019
International Lefthanders Day 2019

Today that is 13th August is designated as International Left-Handers Day, 24 hours that celebrate those who rely on their left hand to do all sort of works in their daily life. This day was created to celebrate to raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates left-handed peoples' uniqueness and differences, a subset of humanity comprised of seven to ten percent of the world's population.

Every year, the date has been observed on August 13, since 1976, when it was founded by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc. The Left-Handers Day Club "declared" it official in the year 1997. The club started the tradition as a way to just poke fun at the unique struggles left-handers have lived in a right-handed world.

You will be shocked to read out that just 10% of people are left hand dominant in the world, but, even so, a disproportionate amount of world leaders, CEOs, and even astronauts are left-handed.

International Left-Handers Day - History

  • August 13, 1976 - Left-handed people invent a day to celebrate

Left-handers International designated this day — a Friday the 13th — as International Left-Handers Day.

  • August 13, 1992 - Lefthanders Club gets going

Another group decides it's high time to be recognized as proud left-handers. The Left-Handers Club got underway to "increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed."

  • January 20, 2009 - Latest left-handed president begins work

According to CNN, newly- inaugurated President Barack Obama signed three documents, quipping "I'm a lefty. Get used to it."

International Left Handers Day 2019

Why is being left-handed so rare?

Around 11% percent of the world's population is left-handed, according to But what makes someone left-handed?

Researchers at Northwestern University created a mathematical model which shows that being a leftie is the result of the balance between "cooperation and competition in human evolution." The research was published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface and was tested against real-world data from competitive sports to confirm that social behavior itself is related to becoming left-handed.

List of Famous left-handers in World

  • Bill Gates
  • Steve Jobs (considers himself as ambidextrous)
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Edwin Buzz Aldrin (was a native left-hander but changed to use his right hand)
  • Jim Lovell
  • Julius Caesar
  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Clinton
  • Gerald Ford
  • Ronald Reagan
  • George H.W. Bush
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • David Rockefeller
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Steve Forbes
  • Aristotle
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Alan Turing
  • Michelangelo
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Raphael
  • David Bowie
  • Lionel Messi
  • Pelé -Edson Arantes do Nascimento
  • Diego Maradona
  • Marie Curie
  • Issac Newton
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Brad Pitt
  • Tom Cruise
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Emma Thompson
  • Bruce Willis
  • Tim Allen
  • Amitabh Bachchan
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Alexander the Great
  • Ramesses II
  • Fidel Castro
  • Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Henry Ford
  • Helen Keller
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff

The interesting fact about left-handers - Half of the cats are left-handed

According to research, around 50 percent of cats are left-handed.