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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 February 18, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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


The bitter and bloody Lincoln County War begins with the murder of Billy the Kid's mentor, Englishman rancher John Tunstall.

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Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.

more events on February 18

  • 1982

    Mexico devalues the peso by 30 percent to fight an economic slide.

  • 1974

    Randolph Hearst is to give $2 million in free food for the poor in order to open talks for his daughter Patty.

  • 1972

    The California Supreme Court voids the death penalty.

  • 1968

    Three U.S. pilots that were held by the Vietnamese arrive in Washington.

  • 1967

    The National Art Gallery in Washington agrees to buy a Da Vinci for a record $5 million.

  • 1964

    The United States cuts military aid to five nations in reprisal for having trade relations with Cuba.

  • 1962

    Robert F. Kennedy says that U.S. troops will stay in Vietnam until Communism is defeated.

  • 1954

    East and West Berlin drop thousands of propaganda leaflets on each other after the end of a month long truce.

  • 1945

    U.S. Marines storm ashore at Iwo Jima.

  • 1944

    The U.S. Army and Marines invade Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.

  • 1943

    German General Erwin Rommel takes three towns in Tunisia, North Africa.

  • 1939

    The Golden Gate Exposition opens in San Francisco.

  • 1935

    Rome reports sending troops to Italian Somalia.

  • 1934

    Audre Lord, poet.

  • 1932

    Manchurian independence is formally declared.