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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 20, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    345
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    118
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    39
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    314

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


What happened today

1657

English Admiral Robert Blake fights his last battle when he destroys the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz Bay.

Famous birthdays

1893

Joan Miró, Spanish painter.

more events on April 20

  • 1999

    Two students enter Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and open fire with multiple firearms, killing 13 students and teachers, wounding 25 and eventually shooting themselves.

  • 1967

    U.S. planes bomb Haiphong for first time during the Vietnam War.

  • 1962

    The New Orleans Citizens Committee gives free one-way ride to blacks to move North.

  • 1953

    Operation Little Switch begins in Korea, the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war.

  • 1951

    General Douglas MacArthur addresses a joint session of Congress after being relieved by President Harry Truman.

  • 1945

    Soviet troops begin their attack on Berlin.

  • 1942

    Pierre Laval, the premier of Vichy France, in a radio broadcast, establishes a policy of “true reconciliation with Germany.”

  • 1940

    The first electron microscope is demonstrated.

  • 1927

    Alex Muller, Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

  • 1919

    The Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from the Soviets.

  • 1916

    The first National League game is played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, then known as Weeghman Park. The park was renamed Cubs Park in 1920 and Wrigley Field, for the Chicago Cubs owner, in 1926.

  • 1893

    Joan Miró, Spanish painter.

  • Harold Lloyd, film comedian.

  • 1889

    Adolf Hitler, Fascist dictator of Nazi Germany (1933-1945).

  • 1879

    The first mobile home (horse-drawn) is used in a journey from London to Cyprus.