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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
    340
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    137
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    45
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    233

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


What happened today

1994

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

Famous birthdays

1914

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

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.