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National Left Hander's Day

Updated on August 13, 2013

National Left Hander's Day

If you are a leftie, a "Southpaw", then National Left Hander's day is just for you. National Left Hander's Day is celebrated every year on August 13. This holiday was started by Left Handers International, and was first observed in 1976. National Left Hander's day is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left handers in a predominantly right-handed world.

National Left Hander's Day

National Left Hander's Day is celebrated every year on August 13. This holiday was started by Left Handers International. The holiday was first observed in 1976. National Left Hander's day is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world.

15 Left Handed Facts

Did you know.....

1. Left Hander's Day was started in August 13 1976 by Left Handers International.

2. About 7 percent of the population is left handed.

3. Lefties are also called "Southpaws".

4. In twins, there is a high tendency for one to be left-handed.

5. 1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed.

6. 4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed.

7. Left-handers usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers.

8. George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama are all left handed. Ronald Regan was left handed too.

9. Pablo Picasso, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Di Vinci, and Michelangelo were also left handed.

10. Right handed people use the left side of their brains. Left handed people use the right sides of their brains.

11. Left handers tend to adjust quickly to seeing underwater.

12. Right handers tend to chew food on the right side, left handers tend to chew on the left side.

13. Albert Einstein was left handed.


14. Left handed people who have higher I.Q.s tend to have an I.Q. of over 140.

15. In some cultures it is impolite to touch your food with your left hand.

Famous Left Handed People

Left Handed Children

Parents of left handed children should....

1. Purchase "left handed" products for your child.

2. Right-handed adults should sit across from the left-handed child, instead of next to, in order to provide a mirror image to model.

3. Arrange seating so light comes from the right.

4. When eating out, remember that their left arm will need extra room.

5. Never force your child to be right-handed if your child prefers to be left-handed.

Loving Lefties: How to Raise Your Left-Handed Child in a Right-Handed World
Loving Lefties: How to Raise Your Left-Handed Child in a Right-Handed World

For a left-handed child in a right-friendly world, tasks that should come easily can seem confusing and frustrating. Parents of the more than 400,000 lefties born annually in the United States have had no resource that deals seriously with the learning difficulties their children face -- until now.Loving Lefties is the first ever guide to address all the issues pertinent to left-handedness: the biology, the physiology, and the psychological and practical effects of being a left-handed child. An essential aid for parents, teachers, and professionals, it covers the history and mythology of the left-handed brain, and offers sound advice on:recognizing left-handedness in a childmaking your child's home and school lefty-friendlygiving your child appropriate direction and encouragementidentifying the advantages of being left-handedhelping your child learn the skills his right-handed parents, instructors, and siblings consider basic.Filled with resource lists, guidelines, quick tips, answers to frequently asked questions, case studies, and anecdotes, Loving Lefties is the essential guide for raising a happy, healthy southpaw.


Everyone is born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it

Mugs for Lefties

These mugs make great gifts for lefties. They are available in several different colors and styles.

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    • DealForALiving profile image

      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      It's too bad that I missed a chance to celebrate this year. Maybe in 2015

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Nice work here, I eat and write with my left hand, and throw and bat right handed. I see lefties are in good company :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Glad to see your articles have come over already. Blessings on your new journey on HP.

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, I hope everyone celebrated two weeks ago!

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, I hope everyone celebrated two weeks ago!

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      southpawg 5 years ago

      The "Raising a left handed kid" section was the most interesting! Thank you for helping parents raise left handed children and support them! *Southpawg

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Only two months and one week to go until International Left Handers Day! YAY!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      lefty r the best!!!!!!!!!!

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      IngridA1 5 years ago

      I love being a lefty! Although sometimes I get annoyed with the things I've learned to overcome. Thank you for writing a great article!!

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      katlovestrouble 5 years ago

      Very interesting article. Thank you for all the great reading.

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      katlovestrouble 5 years ago

      Very interesting article. Thank you for all the great reading.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      So nice of you to create a lens about me :) Love being a lefty.

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      gogolf162 6 years ago

      I had no idea that Bill Gates was lefty. Phil Mickelson is my favorite lefty.

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Wow, so interesting! I didn't know many of the left handed facts. When I was growing up in Russia everyone was forced to be right handed at school, I don't think I have ever seen a left handed person until I arrived to US.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      This was interesting! My daughter, when very young, used her right hand extensively until she went to visit a relative who insisted that she use her left hand only for the time she visited there. 1 week. The reason, they told me later, was that they thought she should learn to use both hands. Now, she is LEFT handed. I was very upset when this happened but now I have learned to accept it for what it was, an unfortunate mistake. I am not against lefthandedness but I realize that it has its difficulties. I appreciate that lefties can live with this and that there are adjustments made for them now in schools and with instruments and other products .. but if I had my druthers, I'd druther my daughter was righthanded.

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I went with my daughter to explore some of her college classrooms; the desks on the left isle were made for left handed people.

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      the-good-stuff 6 years ago

      I'm left handed myself, and suffered quite a bit as a child when my mom and grandma were bent on "reteaching" me to eat the right-hand way. I'm so glad lefties are more understood nowadays...

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      tyler70 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! I as a lefty love it when people think I'm weird cause I'm a lefty, but I wouldn't trade it for anything! Happy Left Hander's Day!

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      ShopaholicChick 6 years ago

      thanks for featuring my upside down lefty card - i know it looks silly online but thats the only way to make it open for a lefty!!!

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      My husband and two of my grandchildren are left handed. It can really be difficult to teach someone with a different handedness hands-on tasks such as crocheting. My experience is that most of the 'lefties' I know are very intelligent, witty, and fun.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm a 'Leftie', and proud of it! In my family of 4 sibs, two of us are left-handed. It's been an interesting challenge over the years coping in a 'right-handed' world and being told I do everything 'backwards'...LOL. But, have you ever noticed that ONLY left-handed people notice other left-handed people immediately! Right-handed people either never notice, or think there is something 'odd' about the way you are writing/eating, etc., but don't know what it is! Lefties Rule -- the rest are in another world! And, only 'Lefties' are in their 'right mind'. :-)I didn't know we (Lefties) had a 'National Day'. Think I'll call my brother on the 13th so we can celebrate!

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      George McCasland 6 years ago

      I'm sending this to my stepfather. I featured him in one of my lenses.

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Hello, thanks for sharing!

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      Yay - I am a left hander - although it did make for some interesting times in the backwater schools around where I grew up. My advice is - take your kids to schools in the big cities - rural people don't really understand the variation, at least in the uk.

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      glowchick 7 years ago

      Great lens!Froma southpaw :)

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Fun and informative. I've lensrolled it to Left Handed Gifts for Left Handed People.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very nice lens about left-hand. Dear, WeddingZazzle .. I predict this of yours will be LOTD soon :)

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      what a great lens...5*..

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      LOL Enjoyed this lens a lot!

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      micmun 7 years ago

      I'm going to class August 13th as my second birthday and suggest something left handed for it from now on.

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      Wow - very thorough with great resources!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      Great lens for the lefties! mom is a lefty. At a recent medieval tour we learned a lot about how lefties were thought of and treated in those days. Thanks for sharing...and thank you also for commenting and blessing my "Thank you Squid Angels"'s nice to get blessed on a lens about blessings ;o)

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      You added the 2 things I had the most problem with Scissors and Guitar! This was fun! I never knew there was a day dedicated to me, I am special, i will make sure my family celebrate this day now!

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      LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am left handed and so are my parents and brothers! Great lens with a great set of resources and fun facts, I love the mugs too!

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      Quirina 7 years ago

      Lovely lens! Like the national holiday, I was born in 1976, to two left-handed parents. But somewhat surprisingly to them, I turned out to be right-handed. Do you know something about the genetics of handedness?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for this resource, Keep left Uganda foundation is a newly established charity to encourageleft handed school children in uganda primary schools. we are planning our first National left handerscelebration in Kampala City Uganda. We need lots of encouragement. ThanksBernardExecutive Director

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      Thank you for adding my mug here... I am not left handed, but my sister is, which is what prompted me to make my mug. In fact I'll send her a link to this lens :)

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      Niki44 7 years ago

      Great Lens! Thanks for featuring my Left-Handers' Day Mug! I am a lefty!