Aug. 13 is International Left-Hander’s Day. The first celebration came in 1976 and was organized by a group called Lefthanders International. That same day, they group opened a business selling products for left-handers. The business was opened for more than 20 years. Lefthanders International was also responsible for publishing a magazine that cleared up the myths that had circulated for generations on being left-handed.
In 1990, the Left Handers Club was formed to keep members aware of developments in science and technology. The club also keeps manufacturers aware of the views of left-handers when making new products. Research into lefthandedness and development of new left handed items are priorities for the club as well.
The goal of International Left Hander’s Day is to increase awareness of the advantages and disadvatages of being left-handed in a right-handed world. The day is set aside as an opportunity for left-handers to celebrate their uniqueness as only 10 percent of the world’s population is left-handed. On this day, right-handers are encouraged to do everything left-handed.
According to the Left-Handers Club, these events have come a long way to contribute to the awareness of the struggles left-handers have in every day life and have led to the improvements in product design and considerations in many things.