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
Keanu ReevesKeanu Reeves
02 September 1964, Canadian, Lebanese

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946, American
Actor, Director

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943, American

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

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
14 March 1879, German, American
Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962, American

Demi MooreDemi Moore
11 November 1962, American
American actress

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926, American

Lady GagaLady Gaga
28 March 1986, American
17 October 1972, American

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

Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong
05 August 1930, American

Bob DylanBob Dylan
24 May 1941, American
Singer & Songwriter
Julia RobertsJulia Roberts
28 October 1967, American

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci
15 April 1452, Italian

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer, Songwriter

Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955, German, American
Diego MaradonaDiego Maradona
30 October 1960, Argentinian
Argentine footballer

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin
16 April 1889, British
Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician

Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson
15 April 1959, British

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor

Marie CurieMarie Curie
07 November 1867, French, Polish
First woman to win a Nobel Prize
Matthew BroderickMatthew Broderick
21 March 1962, American
Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940, British

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
16 December 1770, Austrian, German

Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880, American
Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
06 January 1412, French

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Cary GrantCary Grant
18 January 1904, British, American
American-British actor

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu
21 October 1949, Israeli
Prime Minister of Israel

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

Daniel Edward Dan AykroydDan Aykroyd
01 July 1952, American
Henry FordHenry Ford
30 July 1863, American

06 March 1475, Italian
Tim AllenTim Allen
13 June 1953, American
Actor, Comedian

Milla JovovichMilla Jovovich
17 December 1975, American

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin
20 January 1930, American
American engineer
Tina FeyTina Fey
18 May 1970, American
American actress

Mark TwainMark Twain
30 November 1835, American
Author and Humorist
Herbert HooverHerbert Hoover
10 August 1874, American
31st U.S. President

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

Glen CampbellGlen Campbell
22 April 1936, American

Carol BurnettCarol Burnett
26 April 1933, American

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866, British
John McEnroeJohn McEnroe
16 February 1959, American
Former US Tennis Star

Barry GibbBarry Gibb
01 September 1946, American

Fred AstaireFred Astaire
10 May 1899, American

Aidan GallagherAidan Gallagher
18 September 2003, American
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

Jimmy ConnorsJimmy Connors
02 September 1952, American
Tennis Player

Cole PorterCole Porter
09 June 1891, American
Composer, Songwriter
M. C. EscherM. C. Escher
17 June 1898, Dutch

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

John Fitzgerald KennedyJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy
29 May 1917, American
Politician, Military Officer, Author

Jean Paul GaultierJean Paul Gaultier
24 April 1952, French

Larry Joe BirdLarry Joe Bird
07 December 1956, American