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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 16, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
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Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

What happened today


Prince Charles is defeated at the Battle of Culloden, the last pitched battle fought in Britain.

Famous birthdays


Hans Sloane, physician, naturalist, founder of the British Museum.

more events on April 16

  • 1972

    Two giants pandas arrive in the U.S. from China.

  • 1968

    The Pentagon announces the “Vietnamization” of the war.

  • 1947

    Lew Alcinder (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), professional basketball player.

  • A lens which provides zoom effects is demonstrated in New York City.

  • 1945

    American troops enter Nuremberg, Germany.

  • The destroyer USS Laffey survives horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa, earning the nickname “The Ship That Would Not Die.”

  • 1942

    The Island of Malta is awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth.

  • 1924

    Henry Mancini, composer and conductor (“Moon River”).

  • 1922

    Kingsley Amis, British author (Lucky Jim).

  • Annie Oakley shoots 100 clay targets in a row, setting a woman’s record.

  • 1919

    Merce Cunningham, American dancer and choreographer.

  • 1917

    Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia to start the Bolshevik Revolution.

  • 1889

    Charlie Chaplin, film actor and director.

  • 1871

    John Millington Synge, dramatist and poet (Playboy of the Western World).

  • 1867

    Wilbur Wright, designer, builder and flyer of the first airplane.