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 April 12, would your number have been called?

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

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

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.

  • 1838

    John Shaw Billings, American librarian, army physician.

  • 1811

    The first colonists arrive at Cape Disappointment, Washington.

  • 1791

    Francis Preston Blair, Washington Globe newspaper editor.

  • 1782

    The British navy wins a major naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica.

  • 1777

    Henry Clay, the “Great Compromiser”, American politician and statesman who ran unsuccessfully for president three times.

  • 1770

    Parliament repeals the Townshend Acts.

  • 1606

    England adopts the Union Jack as its flag.

  • 1204

    The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople.