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What’s Your Vietnam War Draft Lottery Number?

The Vietnam War draft lottery ran from 1969 to 1972. If you were born on August 16, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery

Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

What happened today


Iraq orders 2,500 Americans and 4,000 British nationals in Kuwait to Iraq, in the aftermath of Iraq's invasion of that country.

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Charles Bukowski, poet and novelist.

more events on August 16

  • 2012

    In South Africa police fire on striking mine workers, killing at least 34.

  • 1990

    Iraq orders 2,500 Americans and 4,000 British nationals in Kuwait to Iraq, in the aftermath of Iraq’s invasion of that country.

  • 1988

    IBM introduces artificial intelligence software.

  • 1987

    Astrological alignment of sun, moon and six planets marks what believers maintain is the dawning of a New Age.

  • 1986

    Sudanese rebels shoot down a Sudanese Airways plane, killing 57 people.

  • 1984

    The safe of the sunken ocean liner Andrea Doria is opened on TV after three decades, revealing cash and certificates but no other valuables.

  • 1977

    Elvis Presley dies of a heart attack in the upstairs bedroom suite area of his Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • 1972

    Emily Robison, singer, musician, songwriter, member of the bestselling Country group Dixie Chicks.

  • 1967

    Ulrika Jonsson, Swedish-born actress, model and UK television personality.

  • 1965

    The Watts riots end in south-central Los Angeles after six days.

  • 1962

    Steve Carell, actor and comedian (The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Office, Evan Almighty).

  • 1960

    Timothy Hutton, youngest actor ever to receive an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Ordinary People).

  • 1958

    Madonna [Louise Veronica Ciccone], entertainer and singer.

  • 1945

    Suzanne Farrel, ballerina.

  • Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese on Corregidor on May 6, 1942, is released from a POW camp in Manchuria by U.S. troops.