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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 15, 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
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

more events on April 15

  • 1986

    U.S. warplanes attack Libya.

  • 1971

    North Vietnamese troops ambush a company of Delta Raiders from the 101st Airborne Division near Fire Support Base Bastogne in Vietnam. The American troops are on a rescue mission.

  • 1960

    The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizes at Shaw University.

  • 1959

    Cuban leader Fidel Castro begins a U.S. goodwill tour.

  • 1955

    Ray Kroc starts the McDonald’s chain of fast food restaurants.

  • 1952

    President Harry Truman signs the official Japanese peace treaty.

  • 1948

    Arab forces are defeated in battle with Israeli forces.

  • 1947

    In 1947, at age 28, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American in Major League Baseball, officially breaking the color barrier in the sport.

  • 1945

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt is buried on the grounds of his Hyde Park home.

  • 1940

    Jeffrey Archer, English novelist and politician (Kane and Abel, Honor Among Thieves).

  • French and British troops land at Narvik, Norway.

  • 1932

    Eva Figes, British novelist.

  • 1923

    The first sound films shown to a paying audience are exhibited at the Rialto Theater in New York City.

  • Insulin becomes generally available for people suffering with diabetes.

  • 1922

    Neville Mariner, conductor.

  • Harold Washington, first black mayor of Chicago

  • 1917

    British forces defeat the Germans at the Battle of Arras.

  • 1912

    With her band playing on the deck, the ocean liner Titanic sinks at 2:27 a.m. in the North Atlantic.

  • 1904

    Arshile Gorky, abstract painter.

  • 1898

    Bessie Smith, American blues singer.

  • 1889

    Asa Phillip Randolph, American labor leader and Civil Rights advocate.

  • Thomas Hart Benton, painter, muralist.

  • 1880

    Max Wertheimer, Czech-born psychologist.

  • 1874

    Johannes Stark, Novel Prize-winning German physicist.

  • George Harrison Shull, American botanist, developer of hybrid corn.

  • 1871

    ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok becomes the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.

  • 1865

    Abraham Lincoln dies from John Wilkes Booth‘s assassination bullet.

  • 1861

    President Lincoln mobilizes Federal army.

  • 1858

    At the Battle of Azimghur, the Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists.

  • 1843

    Henry James, writer and critic.

  • 1832

    Wilhelm Busch, German painter and poet, created the precursor to the comic strip.

  • 1813

    U.S. troops under James Wilkinson lay siege to the Spanish-held city of Mobile in future state of Alabama.

  • 1800

    Sir James Clark Ross, Scottish explorer who located the Magnetic North Pole.

  • 1784

    The first balloon is flown in Ireland.

  • 1755

    English lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson publishes his Dictionary of the English Language.

  • 1741

    Charles Wilson Peale, portrait painter and inventor

  • 1684

    Catherine I, empress of Russia

  • 1452

    Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, scientist and visionary