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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 23, 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 23

  • 1971

    The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 10, becoming the first mission to the Salyut 1 space station.

  • 1969

    Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death for killing Senator Robert Kennedy.

  • 1966

    President Lyndon Johnson publicly appeals for more nations to come to the aid of South Vietnam.

  • 1954

    The Army-McCarthy hearings begin.

  • 1950

    Chiang Kai-shek evacuates Hainan, leaving mainland China to Mao Zedong and the communists.

  • 1945

    The Soviet Army fights its way into Berlin.

  • 1932

    Jim Fixx, runner and writer who popularized running as a form of exercise in the 1970s.

  • 1928

    Shirley Temple Black, child actress, later U.S. ambassador.

  • 1926

    Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Mercury and Gemini astronaut, died in an accident on Apollo 1.

  • J.P. Donleavy, American-born Irish writer (The Ginger Man).

  • 1924

    The U.S. Senate passes the Soldiers’ Bonus Bill.

  • 1920

    The Turkish Grand National Assembly has first meeting in Ankara.

  • 1915

    The ACA becomes the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA), the forerunner of NASA.

  • 1914

    The Federals defeat Kansas City 9-1 in the first major league game to be played in Chicago’s Weeghman Park, later renamed Wrigley Field.

  • 1902

    Halldór Laxness, Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic novelist (The Fish Can Sing, Paradise Reclaimed).

  • 1897

    Lucius D. Clay, U.S. military governor of occupied Berlin.

  • 1896

    Motion pictures premiere in New York City.

  • 1895

    Russia, France, and Germany force Japan to return the Liaodong peninsula to China.

  • 1865

    Union cavalry units continue to skirmish with Confederate forces in Henderson, North Carolina and Munford’s Station, Alabama.

  • 1856

    Free Stater J.N. Mace in Westport, Kansas shoots pro-slavery sheriff Samuel Jones in the back.

  • 1826

    Missolonghi falls to Egyptian forces.

  • 1813

    Stephen A. Douglas, American politician.

  • 1791

    James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States (1857-1861).

  • 1789

    President George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York.

  • 1759

    British forces seize Basse-Terre and Guadeloupe from France.

  • 1661

    Charles II is formally crowned king, returning the monarchy to Britain, albeit with greatly reduced powers.

  • 1521

    The Comuneros are crushed by royalist troops in Spain.

  • 1500

    Pedro Cabral claims Brazil for Portugal.

  • 1348

    The first English order of knighthood is founded.