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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 April 12, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    346
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    89
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    165
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    23

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


What happened today

1963

Police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama.

Famous birthdays

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Francis Preston Blair, Washington Globe newspaper editor.

more events on April 12

  • 1983

    Harold Washington is elected the first black mayor of Chicago.

  • 1966

    Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American major league umpire.

  • 1963

    Police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • 1961

    Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes first man to orbit the Earth.

  • 1955

    Dr. Jonas Salk’s discovery of a polio vaccine is announced.

  • 1954

    Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock.”

  • 1949

    Scott Turow, writer and attorney.

  • 1945

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies at Warm Spring, Georgia. Harry S. Truman becomes president.

  • 1944

    The U.S. Twentieth Air Force is activated to begin the strategic bombing of Japan.

  • 1927

    The British Cabinet comes out in favor of voting rights for women.

  • 1916

    American cavalrymen and Mexican bandit troops clash at Parral, Mexico.

  • 1911

    Pierre Prier completes the first non-stop London-Paris flight in three hours and 56 minutes.

  • 1877

    The first catcher’s mask is used in a baseball game.

  • 1864

    Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, in Tennessee.

  • 1861

    Fort Sumter is shelled by the Confederacy, starting America’s Civil War.