International Lefthanders Day for the year 2022 is celebrated/observed on Sunday, August 13th. There are until the next observance.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to experience the world from a “left-handed” perspective? On International Lefthanders Day, August 13, you may spend the day exploring that world. Did you know Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama are all left-handed? Rock out with Paul McCartney or Jimi Hendrix, the best left-handed guitarists of all time. (Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was born right-handed, learned to play left-handed guitar like his idol, Jimi Hendrix.) There’s also Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, and Lady Gaga, all of whom are left-handed. Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax were renowned “southpaws” in baseball.
📆 When is International Lefthanders Day?
This year, International Lefthanders Day falls on the 2nd Sunday in August; in 2024, it is on Tuesday.
→ Did you know: According to the Baseball Reference website, left-handed batters have 14 of the top 20 highest lifetime batting averages in Major League Baseball.
📜 History of International Lefthanders Day
The Left-Handers Club was created in 1990 with the stated goal of keeping members up to speed on advancements and serving as a bridge between left-handers’ and manufacturers’ perspectives. The organization also offers support to people in need, and they are always conducting research on left-handedness and innovative things that might provide lefties enhanced ease of use. Since the club’s inception, the number of members has grown steadily, with participation coming from all over the world. Currently, the organization is respected and appreciated as a pressure group representing all left-handers.
Continuing Campbell’s tradition, the Left-Handers Club established International Lefthanders Day as part of their organization on August 13, 1992. The goal was to raise awareness of the benefits and drawbacks of being left-handed. The holiday is currently honored globally, with 20 regional activities, including sporting events and parties, taking place in the United Kingdom alone to commemorate the day. Some of history’s greatest figures, such as Mother Teresa, Barack Obama, Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Charlie Chaplin, Mark Zuckerberg, and Albert Einstein, were or are left-handed.
✅ Lefties and schizophrenia
According to a 2013 study released by Yale researchers, those with psychotic diseases such as schizophrenia are more likely to be left-handed than those with depression.
✅ The notion of left-handedness as wrong is embedded in our language
For example, the adjective “sinister” is derived from the Latin “sinestra,” which means “left hand.”
✅ They’re restless sleepers
Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a condition that makes left-handed people kick their arms and legs while they sleep.
✅ We all use the same hemispheres.
We’ve found over 200 distinct kinds and subtypes of cancer in the past decade.
✨ Things to do on International Lefthanders Day
Be more social
Spread the word about this special day for lefties. Alternatively, join one of the many left-handed social groups on your favorite social media sites. There are lefties everywhere!
Educate a right-hander
If you’re left-handed, take a right-handed person through a common activity to show them some of the challenges that left-handed people confront.
Throw a party!
Invite all your left-handed buddies around and share some anecdotes about growing up in a world designed for righties.
📅 International Lefthanders Day Observances
We will continue to update this page with new information and cool facts about International Lefthanders Day. So be sure to check back soon.