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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 18, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • 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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Lucretia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI and a patron of the arts.

more events on April 18

  • 1983

    A suicide bomber kills U.S. Marines at the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon.

  • 1980

    Zimbabwe’s (Rhodesia) formal independence from Britain is proclaimed.

  • 1978

    The U.S. Senate approves the transfer of the Panama Canal to Panama.

  • 1954

    Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser seizes power in Egypt.

  • 1950

    The first transatlantic jet passenger trip is completed.

  • 1949

    The Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth.

  • 1946

    The League of Nations dissolves.

  • 1943

    Traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the mastermind of the attack on Pearl Harbor, is shot down by American P-38 fighters.

  • 1942

    James H. Doolittle bombs Tokyo and other Japanese cities.

  • 1940

    Ed Garvey, labor leader.

  • 1937

    Leon Trotsky calls for the overthrow of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

  • 1923

    Yankee Stadium opens with Babe Ruth hitting a three-run homer as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-1.

  • 1918

    Clifton Keith Hillegass, founder of the study guides known as Cliff’s Notes.

  • 1906

    A massive earthquake hits San Francisco, measuring 8.25 on the Richter scale.

  • 1895