International Lefthanders Day

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International Left-Handers Day
Left Handers' Day, 2001
Date13 August
Next time13 August 2021 (2021-08-13)

International Left Handers Day is an international day observed annually on August 13 to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. The day was first observed in 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc.[citation needed]

International Left Hander's Day was created to celebrate sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates left-handed people’s uniqueness and differences, a subset of humanity comprising seven to ten percent of the world's population.[citation needed] The day also spread awareness on issues faced by left-handers e.g. the importance of the special needs for left-handed children, and the likelihood for left-handers to develop schizophrenia.[1] There are approximately 708 million left-handed people in the world. Men are more likely to be left handed than women.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Flatt, Adrian (October 1999). "The sinister handed". FRCS BUMC Proceedings. 12 (4): 267–271. Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  • O'Brian, Bill (13 August 2006). "For One Minority, a Bias That's Just So Not Right". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 March 2014.