What happened on your birthday?

What’s Your Vietnam War Draft Lottery Number?

The Vietnam War draft lottery ran from 1969 to 1972. If you were born on August 20, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    344
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    69
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    115
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    162

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


What happened today

1980

UN Security Council condemns Israel's declaration that all of Jerusalem is its capital; vote is 14-0, with US abstaining.

Famous birthdays

1958

Patricia Rozema, film director, screenwriter (Mansfield Park).

more events on August 20

  • 2002

    A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein seize the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin; after five hours they release their hostages and surrender.

  • 1998

    US launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the Aug. 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

  • The Supreme Court of Canada rules Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.

  • 1994

    Miracle, the Sacred White Buffalo, born on Heider Farm near Janesville, Wisc. The first white (not albino) buffalo born since 1933, she was a important religious symbol for many US and Canadian Indian tribes.

  • 1993

    Secret negotiations in Norway lead to agreement on the Oslo Peace Accords, an attempt to resolve the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • 1991

    After an attempted coup in the Soviet Union, Estonia declares independence from the USSR.

  • 1990

    Iraq moves Western hostages to military installations to use them as human shields against air attacks by a US-led multinational coalition.

  • 1986

    Part-time mail carrier Patrick Sherrill shoots 20 fellow workers killing 14 at Edmond Okla., the first mass shooting by an individual in an office environment in the US. His actions give rise to the phrase “going postal,” for sudden violent outbursts.

  • 1982

    A multinational force including 800 US Marines lands in Beirut, Lebanon, to oversee Palestinian withdrawal during the Lebanese Civil War.

  • 1980

    UN Security Council condemns Israel’s declaration that all of Jerusalem is its capital; vote is 14-0, with US abstaining.

  • 1979

    The Penmanshiel Diversion on the  the East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland opens, replacing the 134-year-old Penmanshiel Tunnel that had collapsed in March.

  • 1978

    NASA launches Viking 1; with Viking 2, launched a few days later, provided high-resolution mapping of Mars, revolutionizing existing views of the planets.

  • 1974

    Amy Adams, actress; multiple nominations for Academy Awards, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards (Enchanted, The Fighter).

  • US Vice President Gerald Ford, who had replaced Spiro Agnew, assumes the Office of the President after Richard Nixon resigns; Ford names Nelson Rockefeller as VP.

  • 1971

    The Cambodian military launches a series of operations against the Khmer Rouge.