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.
Judy GarlandJudy Garland
10 June 1922, American
17 October 1972, American

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943, American

Keanu ReevesKeanu Reeves
02 September 1964, Canadian, Lebanese

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975, American
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962, American
Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946, American
Actor, Director

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
14 March 1879, German, American

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926, American
Lady GagaLady Gaga
28 March 1986, American

Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman
20 June 1967, Australian, American
Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg
14 May 1984, American
Founder of Facebook

Bob DylanBob Dylan
24 May 1941, American
Singer & Songwriter

Julia RobertsJulia Roberts
28 October 1967, American

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin
16 April 1889, British

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer, Songwriter
Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong
05 August 1930, American

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British

Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson
15 April 1959, British
Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci
15 April 1452, Italian

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

Demi MooreDemi Moore
11 November 1962, American
American actress

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician
Tim AllenTim Allen
13 June 1953, American
Actor, Comedian

Marie CurieMarie Curie
07 November 1867, French, Polish
First woman to win a Nobel Prize
Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880, American

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

Matthew BroderickMatthew Broderick
21 March 1962, American
Cary GrantCary Grant
18 January 1904, British, American
American-British actor

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Milla JovovichMilla Jovovich
17 December 1975, Ukrainian, American
Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940, British

Henry FordHenry Ford
30 July 1863, American

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
06 January 1412, French
Carol BurnettCarol Burnett
26 April 1933, American
Tina FeyTina Fey
18 May 1970, American
American actress

Diego MaradonaDiego Maradona
30 October 1960, Argentinian
Argentine footballer

Dan AykroydDan Aykroyd
01 July 1952, American

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin
20 January 1930, American
American engineer
Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835, American
Author and Humorist

J. Edgar HooverJ. Edgar Hoover
01 January 1895, American
First Director of FBI

06 March 1475, Italian

Herbert HooverHerbert Hoover
10 August 1874, American
31st U.S. President

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu
21 October 1949, Israeli
Prime Minister
Fred AstaireFred Astaire
10 May 1899, American

John McEnroeJohn McEnroe
16 February 1959, American
Former US Tennis Star
Barry GibbBarry Gibb
01 September 1946, American

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866, British

Aidan GallagherAidan Gallagher
18 September 2003, American
Glen CampbellGlen Campbell
22 April 1936, American

Cole PorterCole Porter
09 June 1891, American
Composer, Songwriter
Matt GroeningMatt Groening
15 February 1954, American
Cartoonist, Animator

Greta GarboGreta Garbo
18 September 1905, Swedish, American
Film actress

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

Martina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
18 October 1956, American
Former Tennis Champion

M. C. EscherM. C. Escher
17 June 1898, Dutch
Jimmy ConnorsJimmy Connors
02 September 1952, American
Tennis Player

Paul KleePaul Klee
18 December 1879, Swiss, German

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

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
Isaac HayesIsaac Hayes
20 August 1942, American
Singer, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Film

Jean Paul GaultierJean Paul Gaultier
24 April 1952, French