- August 13 is International Lefthanders Day.
- Just 10% of people in the world are left-handed, though many of them occupy high offices.
- Scroll down to see 11 left-handed world leaders – from Benjamin Netanyahu to Barack Obama to Simon Bolivar, the military general who liberated South America.
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Though left-handers make up just 10% of the world, many of them have very important jobs.
A surprising number of US presidents, in particular, are left-handers – George HW Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama are just three of the lefties to have occupied the Oval Office.
Scroll down to see 11 of the world’s left-handed leaders.
When former US President Barack Obama signed his first executive order in 2009, he said: “That’s right, I’m a lefty, get used to it.”
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a lefty.
- Amit Dave/Reuters
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is also one of many left-handed world leaders. Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s first ever president, has led the country since 2013.
- Baz Ratner/Reuters
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who has occupied his office since 2004, also writes with his left hand.
Prince William — seen here in 2015 — is a left-handed royal.
Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron is seen here in Jakarta signing a guest book with his left hand.
Bill Clinton was the third consecutive US president who writes with his left hand.
Here’s his predecessor, George HW Bush…
… and his predecessor, Ronald Reagan.
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Reagan was born left-handed, but his schoolteachers forced him to learn right-handed writing.
Many former US presidents were also lefties. They include James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, and Gerald Ford.
Winston Churchill, Britain’s wartime prime minister, was another famous leftie.
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Though there (obviously) isn’t photographic evidence to prove it, multiple historical documents have recorded Roman Empire ruler Julius Caesar to be left-handed.
- Wikimedia Commons