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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 17, 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.

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more events on April 17

  • 1983

    In Warsaw, police rout 1,000 Solidarity supporters.

  • 1975

    Khmer Rouge forces capture the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.

  • 1970

    Apollo 13–originally scheduled to land on the moon–lands back safely on Earth after an accident.

  • 1969

    Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

  • 1964

    Jerrie Mock becomes first woman to fly solo around the world.

  • 1961

    Some 1,400 Cuban exiles attack the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.

  • 1947

    Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit.

  • 1946

    The last French troops leave Syria.

  • 1929

    Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson, a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married.

  • 1928

    Cynthia Ozick, writer (The Cannibal Galaxy, The Messiah of Stockholm).

  • 1923

    Harry Reasoner, American broadcast journalist.

  • 1897

    Thornton Wilder, novelist and playwright (Our Town).

  • 1895

    China and Japan sign peace treaty of Shimonoseki.

  • 1894

    Nikita S. Khrushchev, Soviet premier (1958-64).

  • 1885

    Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), Danish writer (Out of Africa).