Did you know that August 13 is the designated International Left-handers Day? Right-handed people might think that it’s cool being left-handed, but lefties know the real challenges of being different from what is the norm! With left-handers constituting just seven to ten percent of the world's population, they surely have a tough time in the predominantly right-handed world. But since lefties are perceived to be more creative, they are mostly able to face the challenges and carve a niche for themselves in their chosen career paths. It is hardly surprising that the left-handed Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci became the epitome of the Renaissance humanist ideal and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Another genius of the contemporary times, Bill Gates, is also a leftie. Left-handers have made a mark for themselves in United States politics as well—several US presidents including George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama are lefties. Read on for more information about the life and works of famous left-handed people.
Keanu ReevesKeanu Reeves
02 September 1964, Canadian, Lebanese
Actor
Judy GarlandJudy Garland
10 June 1922, American
Singer

Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962, American
Actor

Marie CurieMarie Curie
07 November 1867, French, Polish
First woman to win a Nobel Prize

Aidan GallagherAidan Gallagher
18 September 2003, American
Actor

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
14 March 1879, German, American
Physicist
Lady GagaLady Gaga
28 March 1986, American
Singer-songwriter

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926, American
Actress

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975, American
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist
EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946, American
Actor, Director
Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg
14 May 1984, American
Founder of Facebook

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer

Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman
20 June 1967, Australian, American
Actress

Julia RobertsJulia Roberts
28 October 1967, American
Actress

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician
Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943, American
Actor

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin
16 April 1889, British
 

Bob DylanBob Dylan
24 May 1941, American
Singer & Songwriter

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter
Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong
05 August 1930, American
Astronaut

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer, Songwriter
Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880, American
Author

Harry S. TrumanHarry S. Truman
08 May 1884, American
33rd President of the United States

Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci
15 April 1452, Italian
Polymath
Demi MooreDemi Moore
11 November 1962, American
American actress

Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955, German, American
Actor
Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
16 December 1770, Austrian, German
Composer

Cary GrantCary Grant
18 January 1904, British, American
Actor

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor
Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
06 January 1412, French
Saint

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Matthew BroderickMatthew Broderick
21 March 1962, American
Actor
Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson
15 April 1959, British
Actress

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940, British
Musician

Milla JovovichMilla Jovovich
17 December 1975, Ukrainian, American
Actress

Herbert HooverHerbert Hoover
10 August 1874, American
31st U.S. President
Diego MaradonaDiego Maradona
30 October 1960, Argentinian
Football Player
Carol BurnettCarol Burnett
26 April 1933, American
Actress

Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835, American
Writer

Dan AykroydDan Aykroyd
01 July 1952, American
Film actor and comedian

J. Edgar HooverJ. Edgar Hoover
01 January 1895, American
First Director of FBI
Henry FordHenry Ford
30 July 1863, American
Industrialist

MichelangeloMichelangelo
06 March 1475, Italian
Sculptor

Barry GibbBarry Gibb
01 September 1946, American
Musician

Tim AllenTim Allen
13 June 1953, American
Actor

Tina FeyTina Fey
18 May 1970, American
Actress
John McEnroeJohn McEnroe
16 February 1959, American
Former US Tennis Star

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin
20 January 1930, American
American engineer
Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu
21 October 1949, Israeli
Prime Minister

Glen CampbellGlen Campbell
22 April 1936, American
Singer

Fred AstaireFred Astaire
10 May 1899, American
Dancer
H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866, British
Writer

Matt GroeningMatt Groening
15 February 1954, American
Cartoonist, Animator
Greta GarboGreta Garbo
18 September 1905, Swedish, American
Film actress

Martina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
18 October 1956, American
Former Tennis Champion

Cole PorterCole Porter
09 June 1891, American
Composer, Songwriter

Jimmy ConnorsJimmy Connors
02 September 1952, American
Tennis Player

M. C. EscherM. C. Escher
17 June 1898, Dutch
Artist
Paul KleePaul Klee
18 December 1879, Swiss, German
Painter

Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte
15 August 1769, French
Emperor of the French

Prince WilliamPrince William
21 June 1982, British
The Duke of Cambridge

Joséphine de BeauharnaisJoséphine de Beauharnais
23 June 1763, French
First Empress of the French
János ÁderJános Áder
09 May 1959, Hungarian
President of Hungary

Charles Robert Redford Jr.Charles Robert Redford Jr.
18 August 1936, American
Actor
Isaac HayesIsaac Hayes
20 August 1942, American
Singer-songwriter

Angus KingAngus King
24 July 1972
Actor

Jean Paul GaultierJean Paul Gaultier
24 April 1952, French
Fashion designer
Shivnarine ChanderpaulShivnarine Chanderpaul
16 August 1974, Guyanese
Cricketer

Vida BlueVida Blue
28 July 1949, American
Baseball player
Joe NuxhallJoe Nuxhall
30 July 1928, American
Baseball Player

Mirai YamamotoMirai Yamamoto
04 November 1974, Japanese
Actress

James AndersonJames Anderson
30 July 1982, British
Cricketer