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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 17, 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


Union gunboats attack Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, for the first time.

Famous birthdays


Mae West, American actress in burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway and movies.

more events on August 17

  • 2012

    Moscow’s top court upholds ban of gay pride events in Russia’s capital city for 100 years.

  • 2005

    Israel begins the first forced evacuation of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank, as part of a unilateral disengagement plan.

  • 1999

    A 7.4-magnitude earthquake near Izmit, Turkey kills over 17,000 and injures nearly 45,000.

  • 1998

    President Bill Clinton admits to the American public that he had affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

  • 1988

    Pakistani President Zia-ul-Haq is killed in an airplane crash suspected of being an assassination.

  • 1987

    93-year-old Rudolf Hess, former Nazi leader and deputy of Adolf Hitler, is found hanged to death in Spandau Prison.

  • 1978

    Three Americans complete the first crossing of the Atlantic in a balloon.

  • 1965

    Robert Manry, copy editor of Cleveland Plain Dealer who sailed solo in a sailboat from Falmouth, Massachusetts, to Falmouth, Cornwall, England.

  • 1960

    Sean Penn, actor, screenwriter, director, political and social activist (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mystic River).

  • American Francis Gary Powers pleads guilty at his Moscow trial for spying over the Soviet Union in a U-2 plane.

  • 1953

    Judith Regan, controversial book publisher, editor, talk show host.

  • 1945

    Upon hearing confirmation that Japan has surrendered, Sukarno proclaims Indonesia’s independence.

  • 1944

    Lawrence Joseph Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation.

  • The mayor of Paris, Pierre Charles Tattinger, meets with the German commander Dietrich von Choltitz to protest the explosives being deployed throughout the city.

  • 1943

    Robert DeNiro, American actor, won Oscars for his roles in The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull.