Thursday, August 10, 2017

28th Annual Happy Left Handers Day on Sunday, August 13th

Happy Left Handers Day

Welcome to the 28th annual Left Handers Day! August 13th is a chance to tell your family and friends how proud you are of being left-handed, and also raise awareness of the everyday issues that lefties face as we live in a world designed for right-handers.

Famous Left-Handed People

United States Presidents
  • James A. Garfield (20th)
  • Harry S. Truman (33rd)
  • Gerald Ford (38th)
  • Ronald Reagan (40th) (*naturally left-handed but he switched before adulthood)
  • George H.W. Bush (41st)
  • Bill Clinton (42nd)
  • Barack Obama (44th)

OTHER US POLITICIANS

  • Henry Wallace (Vice President under F.D. Roosevelt)
  • Nelson Rockefeller (Vice President under Gerald Ford)
  • John McCain (Senator)
  • Bob Dole (Senator) (*by necessity; his right arm was paralyzed in World War II)

HISTORIC FIGURES

  • Alexander the Great (ancient Greek king, conqueror)
  • Charlemagne (Holy Roman emperor)
  • Julius Caesar (Roman general)
  • Joan of Arc (?) (French heroine)
  • NapolĂ©on Bonaparte (?) (French emperor)

ROYALTY

  • King Louis XVI of France
  • Queen Victoria of England
  • King George II of England
  • King George VI of England
  • Prince Charles of England
  • Prince William of England

MUSICIANS

  • Jimi Hendrix (played re-strung right-handed guitars upside down from age 12)
  • Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (composer)
  • Niccolò Paganini (violinist)
  • Phil Collins (Genesis)
  • Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
  • Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)
  • Freddie Mercury (Queen)
  • Paul Simon (although he plays guitar right-handed)
  • 50 Cent (rapper)
  • Eminem (rapper)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Issac Newton (physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher)
  • Marie Curie (physicist)
  • Linus Pauling (biochemist)
  • Benjamin Franklin (scientist, inventor, statesman, publisher)

ARTISTS

  • M.C. Escher
  • Michelangelo (*ambidextrous)
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Rembrandt

AUTHORS 

  • H.G. Wells
  • Mark Twain
  • Lewis Carroll

ACTORS AND COMEDIANS

  • Ben Stiller
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Tim Allen
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Carol Burnett
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Tom Cruise
  • Matt Dillon
  • Robert DeNiro
  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Peter Fonda
  • Whoopie Goldberg
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jim Henson (and Kermit the Frog)
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Diane Keaton
  • Michael Landon
  • Howie Mandel
  • Jay Leno
  • Jon Stewart
  • Matt Groening (and Bart Simpson)
  • Luke Perry
  • Richard Pryor
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Robert Redford
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Julia Roberts
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Christian Slater
  • Emma Thompson
  • Dick Van Dyke
  • Bruce Willis
  • Drew Carey
  • Tina Fey
  • Steve Harvey

ATHLETES

  • Oscar de la Hoya (boxing)
  • Reggie Johnson (boxing)
  • Freddie Miller (boxing)
  • Romario (soccer)
  • Hugo Sanchez (soccer)
  • Norman "Boomer" Esiason (American football)
  • Jim Del Gaizon (American football)
  • Deion Sanders (baseball/American football)
  • Larry Bird (basketball)
  • Guy Rodgers (basketball)
  • John McEnroe (tennis)
  • Renee Richards (tennis)
  • Terry Labonte (NASCAR)
  • Paul Gibson (baseball pitcher)
  • Randy Johnson (baseball pitcher)
  • Barry Bonds (baseball)
  • Ty Cobb (baseball)
  • Ken Griffey, Jr. (baseball)
  • Reggie Jackson (baseball)
  • David Justice (baseball)
  • Kenny Lofton (baseball)
  • Paul O'Neil (baseball)
  • Rafael Palmeiro (baseball)
  • Babe Ruth (baseball)
  • Darryl Strawberry (baseball)
  • Lou Whitaker (baseball)
  • Ted Williams (baseball)

BUSINESS PEOPLE

  • Bill Gates (Microsoft)
  • Ross Perot (Electronic Data Systems) (also US presidential candidate 1992/96)
  • Steve Forbes (Forbes Inc.)
  • David Rockefeller (banker)
  • Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company)
  • Tommy Hilfiger (fashion designer)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Edwin Buzz Aldrin (astronaut)
  • Helen Keller (advocate for the blind)
  • Richard Simmons (exercise guru)
  • Fidel Castro (Cuban leader)
Walker Report Editor & former Judge Steve Walker (Left-Handed) Approximately 10 % of population is left-handed.

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