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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.

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British forces seize Basse-Terre and Guadeloupe from France.

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

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).