International Left Hander's Day is a day that every left-handed person in the world should be celebrating. International Left-Hander's Day was first declared and celebrated on August 13, 1976 by an organization called Lefthanders International. Though not as well know as other holidays, it is a day to address the myths and misconceptions about left-handers.
It is a day to pay tribute to famous left-handed artists, athletes, and entertainers, and to praise the creative talents of all of the less famous left-handers in society.
Some may prefer a more somber observance, remembering the past prejudice which forced so many left-handed people to become right-handed and made their lives so difficult.
No-one has come up with a definitive reason for WHY some people are left-handed, but about 10% of the population around the world are. No gene for left-handedness has been identified, but it does seem to run strongly in families.
The brain is "cross-wired" so that the left hemisphere controls the right handed side of the body and vice-versa and hand dominance is connected with brain dominance on the opposite side.
A few left handed facts:
4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed.
Left hander's are also known as Southpaws.
1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed - 250% more than the normal level.
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).
Tuesday's are left hander's lucky day.
Left-handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater.
Sinistrophobia is the fear of being left handed.
It was once believed that left hander's were warlocks and witches and many were burned at the stake!