13 August 2023 - 08:17
International Lefthanders Day

Wonder what it’s like to see the world from a “left-handed” point of view? On International Lefthanders Day, August 13, you get to explore that world for a day.

Iran (IMNA) - International Lefthanders Day celebrates the differences and distinctiveness of left handed individuals. This day was first celebrated by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc in 1976. So, if you’re left-handed, grab your left-handed cup and make a toast to all left-handers, everywhere!

History of International Lefthanders Day

In a world dominated by right-handers, International Lefthanders Day on August 13 celebrates lefties and raises awareness on the issues faced by left-handers in their daily lives. The day was first observed by the founder of Lefthanders International, Inc. — Dean R. Campbell, in 1976. and has been celebrated every year since. From the 1600s, when left-handed people were thought of as being in cahoots with the devil, to the present day, they continue to face difficulties and challenges in accomplishing tasks.

The Left-Handers Club was founded in 1990 with the mission statement to keep members up to date with developments and to serve as a bridge between the views of left-handers and manufacturers. The club also provides help and assistance to those who require it, and they continuously conduct research on left-handedness and new items that can offer lefties increased ease of use. The number of members has been increasing with participants from all over the world since the club’s formation. As of now, the club is highly regarded and revered as a pressure group representing all left-handers.

Continuing the tradition created by Campbell, the Left-Handers Club launched International Lefthanders Day as a part of their organization on August 13, 1992. The aim was to create awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of left-handedness. The holiday is now celebrated worldwide, with 20 regional events taking place in the U.K. alone to commemorate the day, including sports matches and parties. Some of the greatest people in history were/are left-handed, like Mother Teresa, Barack Obama, Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Charlie Chaplin, Mark Zuckerberg, and Albert Einstein, to name a few.

By The Numbers

12% – the percentage of the world that is left-handed.

1860 – the year when left-handed people were essentially seen as being in a league with the devil.

0.5% – the percentage of guitarists who play left-handed.

11 times – the higher likelihood for left-handers to suffer from allergies.

94% – the percentage of left-handers with bilateral limb movements.

4–5 months – the time it takes for left-handers to reach puberty later than their peers.

23% – the percentage of more men than women who are left-handed. 

70% – the percentage of left-handed people who have left-brain dominance when it comes to language control.

40% – the percentage of the current top tennis players who are lefties.


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