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International Left-Handers Day

August 13

International Left-Handers Day - August 13

International Left-Handers Day is a real holiday for those who see the world from a “left-handed point of view”! Scientists have found that about 825 million lefties live on the planet. Most of these people are concentrated in Papua New Guinea – almost a quarter of the population. In the US and UK it is 10%.

The History

The day was first celebrated in 1976 at the initiative of Dean R. Campbell, founder of Lefthanders International, Inc. The left-handed club was created in 1990: various problems are raised here, assistance is provided, and research is being carried out. Also, members of the club are in constant search of things that simplify the life of a left-hander.

International Left-Handers Day is celebrated all over the world, but special attention is paid to it in the UK. Parties, sports matches, regional festivals, etc. take place in the country.

The purpose of the holiday is to convey to people that being left-handed is normal and natural.

Interesting facts

What else is interesting:

  • in 1860 it was believed that the left-hander was in a conspiracy with the devil;
  • many famous people have/had this feature, including: Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein;
  • left-handers are prone to periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD);
  • one Yale study claims that left-handed people are most likely to suffer from schizophrenia and other mental disorders;
  • left-handers are 11 times more likely to have allergies;
  • There are more left-handed men than women.

How to celebrate

Is there at least one left-hander in your environment? Or maybe you are? Throw a party, share life stories related to this feature. Tell right-handed people that sometimes you get into awkward situations and also face misunderstandings from society. Keep moving on social media!

When is International Left-Handers Day celebrated in 2022?

International Left-Handers Day is observed on August 13 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday August 13 2022
Sunday August 13 2023
Tuesday August 13 2024
Wednesday August 13 2025
Thursday August 13 2026


August 13
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