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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 26, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

more events on April 26

  • 1994

    Nelson Mandela wins the presidency in South Africa’s first multiracial elections.

  • 1986

    The world’s worst nuclear disaster occurs at the Chernobyl power plant in the Soviet Union.

  • 1983

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks 1,200 for first time.

  • 1968

    Students seize the administration building at Ohio State University.

  • 1941

    The first organ is played at a baseball stadium in Chicago.

  • 1937

    The ancient Basque town of Guernica in northern Spain is bombed by German planes.

  • 1931

    New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hits a home run but is called out for passing a runner, the mistake ultimately costs him the home run record.

  • 1929

    The first non-stop flight from England to India is completed.

  • 1915

    Second Lieutenant William Rhodes-Moorhouse becomes the first airman to win the Victoria Cross after conducting a successful bombing raid.

  • 1914

    Bernard Malamud, novelist and short story writer (The Natural).

  • 1900

    Charles Richter, physicist and seismologist.

  • 1894

    Rudolf Hess, Nazi leader.

  • 1893

    Anita Loos, novelist and screenwriter (Gentleman Prefer Blondes).

  • 1875

    Syngman Rhee, South Korean statesman.

  • 1865

    Joseph E. Johnston surrenders the Army of Tennessee to General William T. Sherman.

  • 1822

    Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect, designed New York’s central park.

  • 1812

    Alfred Krupp, German arms merchant.

  • 1785

    John James Audubon, artist and naturalist.

  • 1718

    Esek Hopkins, first commodore of the United States Navy.

  • 1607

    The British establish a colony at Cape Henry, Virginia.

  • 1564

    William Shakespeare is baptized.

  • 1514

    Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn.

  • 1478

    Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo and kill Giuliano de’ Medici.

  • 757

    Stephen II ends his reign as Catholic Pope.