International Left Hander’s Day was first celebrated on August 13, 1976. It was started by Lefthander’s International. This yearly event celebrates left-handedness and raises awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers experience every day in a world designed for right-handers. So take a minute to appreciate your left handed friends and loved ones. Don’t forget to send them a Left Handed Day Ecard to show your respect.
- 4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed
- Bill Gates is left handed
- The computer mouse you are using as you read this is designed for right handers.
- On a QWERTY keyboard there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whilst only 187 are typed with the right hand.
- Tests conducted by St. Lawrence University in New York found that there were more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than right-handed people. Famous left-handed intellectuals include Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin
- Left-handedness runs in families. Lefties in the British royal family include the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.
- 1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed – 250% more than the normal level.
- The lengthy list of left-handed leaders includes four of the last seven commanders in chief — President Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford — as well as past presidents James Garfield, Harry Truman, Henry Ford and Thomas Jefferson (ambidextrous). In fact, there’s a rumor that Ronald Regan was born a leftie, but stringent schoolteachers converted him to a righty when he was young.
- Between 10-12% of people on earth are “lefties.” Women are more likely to be right-handed than men by about 4 percentage points.
- Left handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right handed graduates
- Juniata College in Huntington, Pennsylvania awards up to $1,475 in academic scholarships to students who have top academic records and who are left-handed.
- More likely to pursue creative careers. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Mozart, and Beethoven are amongst these creative left-handers.
- Lefties are also called “southpaws”. The term was coined in baseball to describe a left handed pitcher. Manny Pacquiao is left-handed.
- Make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers and fencers (almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties)
- While many people are left handed, very few are 100% left handed. For example, many Left handers golf and bat right handed. On the other hand, there is a high percentage of righties who are 100% right-handed.
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
|Left-Handed U.S. Politicians
Senator Bill Bradley, Rhodes scholar, basketball star
McGeorge Bundy, presidential advisor
Benjamin Franklin, statesman/publisher/scientist
Steve Forbes, businessman/publisher
Jean-Marc Froidevaux , Suiss politician
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Supreme Court Justice
Senator Daniel Inouye
Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice
Brigadier Gen. Lee Hsien Loon, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
|Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense
Col. Oliver North, White House aid
H. Ross Perot, businessman
William Perry, Secretary of Defense
Nelson Rockefeller, Vice President
Senator Hugh Scott
Robert Wagner, New York mayor
Henry Wallace, Vice President
[Senator Bob Dole - switched to left due to injury]
James Baldwin, novelist
Bet Bowen, horror novelist
Peter Benchley, novelist
Richard Condon, novelist
Helen Hooven Santmyer, novelist
|Mark Twain, novelist
Samuel C. Warner , poet
Eudora Welty, see One Writer’s Beginnings (1983:27)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, composer
David Byrne (Talking Heads)
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
Phil Collins (Genesis)
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
Dick Dale (guitarist)
Don Everly (The Everly Brothers)
Phil Everly (The Everly Brothers)
Bela Fleck, jazz musician
Glenn Frey (the Eagles)
Eric Gale, guitarist
Noel Gallagher (Oasis)
|Errol Garner, jazz pianist
Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)Judy Garland
Kevin Griffin, guitarist & lead singer (Better than Ezra)
Thomas Hedley, vocalist/musician
Tony Iommi, guitarist (Black Sabbath)
Albert King, guitarist
Chuck Mangione, trumpet
Martina McBride , country music singer
Paul McCartney (the Beatles; Wings)
Christie Marie Melonson (opera)
|George Michael (Wham!)
Peter Nero, conductor
Cole Porter, song-writer
Sergei Rachmaninoff , composer
Maurice Ravel , composer
John Lydon a.k.a. Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols / Public Image Ltd.)
Rich Szabo, trumpeter
Ringo Starr (the Beatles)
Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)
Lenny White, drummer
Paul Williams, song-writer
Leonardo da Vinci
Mark Brunell (quarterback)
Norman “Boomer” Esiason
Jim Del Gaizon
Allie Sherman, coach
Steve Carlton (pitcher)
Whitey Ford (pitcher)
Paul Gibson (pitcher)
Lefty Grove (pitcher)
Ron Guidry (pitcher)
Al Habrosky (pitcher)
Steve Howe (pitcher)
Bruce Hurst (pitcher)
Carl Hubbell (pitcher)
Randy Johnson (pitcher)
Tommy John (pitcher)
Bob Kipper (pitcher)
Joe Magrane (pitcher)
Greg Swindell (pitcher)
Leon “Goose” Goslin
Ken Griffey, Jr.
“Shoeless” Joe Jackson
“Neon” Deion Sanders (baseball/Am.football)
Tommy Lasorda (baseball manager)
Erik Poul Hoejer (badminton)
Peter Rasmussen (badminton)
Donna Stacey (netball)Basketball
Charles “Lefty” Driesell
Nick Van Exel
Steve Mizerak, Jr.
James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett
Oscar de la Hoya
Rafael “Bazooka” Limon
Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker
Johnny Herbert (Formula 1 driver)
Terry Labonte (NASCAR race car driver)
Ayrton Senna (Formula 1 driver)
Karl Wendlinger (Formula 1 driver)
Valentino Rossi (motorcycle racer)Olympics
Francis X. Gorman (diving)
Greg Louganis (diving)
Mark Spitz (swimming)
Bruce Jenner (decathlon)
Nikita Kohloff (wrestling)
Dorothy Hamill (skating)Soccer
Jans van Breukelen
Willem van Hanegem
Pelé -Edson Arantes do Nascimento
Diego Armando Maradona
Courtney De Mone
Andres Gomez (Santos)
Martina Navratilova – ambidexterous
Marcello Chino Rios
|More Notable Lefties
Joan of Arc , French heroine
Lloque Yapanqui , Inca monarch
Ramses II , Egyptian pharaoh
Tiberius , Roman emperor
Alexander the Great
Charlemagne, Holy Roman emperor
Julius Caesar, Roman general
Napoléon Bonaparte , French emperor
Josephine de Beauharnais
King Louis XVI of France
Queen Victoria of England
King George II of England
King George VI of England
Prince Charles of England
Prince William of England
Fidel Castro, Cuban leader
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime-minister
Ehud Olmert, Israeli prime-minister
Nicole d’Oresme, mathematician
Henry Ford, automobile manufacturer
David Rockefeller, banker
Dwight F. Davis, founder of the Davis Cup in tennis
|Helen Keller, advocate for the blind
Dr. Albert Schweitzer, physician/missionary
August Piccard, inventor of stratosphere, bathosphere
Edwin Buzz Aldrin, astronaut
Wally Schirra, astronaut
Dr. Mark Silver, surgeon
Paul Prudhomme, chef
Cecil Beaton, photographer/costume designer
Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts (ambidexterous)
Dave Barry, journalist
David Broder, journalist
Edward R. Murrow, correspondent
Ted Koppel, journalist
Forrest Sawyer, journalist
Ray Suarez, journalist
John F. Kennedy, Jr., lawyer/publisher
Caroline Kennedy, lawyer/author
Ron Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan
Vin Scully, sports broadcaster
David Letterman , host
Jay Leno, host
Lenny Bruce, comedian
Allen Ludden, host
Joel Hodgson, host of Mystery Science Theater 3000
Wink Martindale, game show host
Uri Geller, psychokinetic performer
|Richard Simmons, exercise guru
Euell Gibbons, naturalist
Marie Dionne, one of the Dionne quintuplets
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Clarence Darrow, lawyer
F. Lee Bailey, lawyer
Melvin Belli, lawyer
Marcia Clark, lawyer
Alan Funt, television producer
Milt Caniff, cartoonist
Bill Mauldin, cartoonist
Cathy Guisevite, cartoonist
Matt Groening, cartoonist
Jean Plantureux (Plantu), political cartoonist
Pat Oliphand, political cartoonist Ronald Searle, cartoonist
Pat Robertson, evangelist/politician
N.B. Forrest, Confederate general
John Dillinger, criminal/bank robber
Boston Strangler (Albert Henry DeSalvo), serial killer
Jack-the-Ripper, serial killer
John Wesley Hardin, Western gunslinger
Bart Simpson, cartoon character
King Edward III of England
Osama Bin Ladin
- Recover from strokes faster
- Nails grow faster on the left hand than the right
- Stuttering and dyslexia occur more often in left-handers (particularly if they are forced to change their writing hand as a child, like King of England George VI).
- Left-handers usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers
- Mothers who are over 40 at the time of a child’s birth are 128% more likely to have a left-handed baby than a woman in her 20s
- There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed
- When placed on their tummies, right-handed babies tend to turn their heads to the right. Left-handed babies usually turn their heads to the left or they don’t show any preference.
- Research suggests that left-handers are slightly more prone to allergies and asthma than right-handers are.
- Studies have shown that if a left-hander injures his dominant hand, he has an easier time learning to use the other hand than his right-handed counterparts.
- Right handed people operate in the left side of the brain. Left handed people use the right side.
- Left-handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater.
Other Random Facts
- It is believed that all polar bears are left handed. Also see Polar Bear Day.
- Tuesdays are Lefties luck day.
- There is a rumor that octopuses have but one right hand. Scientists are diligently studying this issue.
- Most left-handers draw figures facing to the right.
- Everyone is a Left Hander in Left Hand, West Virginia.
- In school, have you ever seen a left handed desk They don’t exist.
- Novelty coffee mugs are made with the picture or text for a right handed pick-up.
- Scissors for for right handers.
- Sinistrophobia is the fear of left-handedness or things on the left side.
- During the 1600’s people, thought left handers were witches and warlocks.
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