International Left Handers Day 2014

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Facts about Lefthanders

  • Being left-handed is more often than not treated as a disability and often the left-handed person is blamed for its occurrence.
  • Being left-handed is not the fault of the person who is a left-hander.
  • However, all manual devices from a pair of scissors to an automobile are made for the use of right-handed people.
  • Thus, left-handers have to make their own adjustments if they are to survive in a right-hander dominated world.
  • It has been estimated that a mere 7% to 10% of the World’s population is left-handed.

A Special Day

  • Among all this domination by the right-handers of the world, there is a special day for left-handers called the International Left-handers Day.
  • The 13th of August each year is designated as International Left-handers day.
  • On this day, left-handers of the world get together as one to celebrate their difference and address their situation and the difficulties which they face.
  • International Left-handers Day was first celebrated in 1976, by its founder, Dean R Campbell whose birthday also happens to be on this day.

How International Lefthanders Day is Celebrated

  • Today International Left-handers Day is celebrated all over the world. It is marked with gatherings of left-handed people.
  • Several activities are organized on this day, featuring left-handed people.
  • The day is abundant with left-handed gadgets, books and tools. There are presentations by left-handers about left-handers.
  • The difficulties of left-handers are highlighted and left-handed people come forward and share their experiences and also tell people how they overcome the problems of being a left-hander.

Why International Lefthanders Day is Celebrated

  • The main objective of International Left-handers Day is to create awareness about lefthanders. It is interesting to note how many world-famous left-handers we have. Just to name a few Presidents; Gerald Ford, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and, yes, even Barack Obama.
  • Other famous left-handed people include Prince Charles, H.G. Wells, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Michelangelo, Amitabh Bachchan, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Cruise, Alan Border and John McEnroe. The actual list of famous lefthanders would however fill several pages.


Therefore, it is important for everyone to realize that being left-handed is not a handicap. Children should not be discouraged from being a left-hander, as they may have even more difficulty coping with their right hands if they are after all, naturally left-handed. It is this day, the International Left-handers Day which brings all left-handers into the limelight, in an effort for the right-handed world to understand left-handers in a better light, and having done so, to support their situation to make their survival an easier task.

Left-Handed U.S. Presidents

  • James A. Garfield  (1831-1881) 20th
  • Herbert Hoover  (1874-1964) 31st
  • Harry S. Truman  (1884-1972) 33rd
  • Gerald Ford  (1913-2006) 38th
  • Ronald Reagan  (1911-2004) 40th
  • George H.W. Bush  (1924-    ) 41st
  • Bill Clinton  (1946-    ) 42nd
  • Barack Obama  (1961-    ) 44th

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