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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 27, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • 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.

What happened today


South Africa passes the Group Areas Act, formally segregating races.

Famous birthdays


Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph and the code.

more events on April 27

  • 1989

    Protesting students take over Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

  • 1978

    The Afghanistan revolution begins.

  • 1975

    Saigon is encircled by North Vietnamese troops.

  • 1961

    The United Kingdom grants Sierra Leone independence.

  • 1950

    South Africa passes the Group Areas Act, formally segregating races.

  • 1941

    The Greek army capitulates to the invading Germans.

  • 1937

    German bombers of the Condor Legion devastate Guernica, Spain.

  • 1927

    Coretta Scott King, civil rights activist, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • 1909

    The Sultan of Turkey, Abdul Hamid II, is overthrown.

  • 1904

    Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet, father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

  • 1900

    Walter Lantz, cartoonist, creator of Woody Woodpecker.

  • 1865

    The Sultana, a steam-powered riverboat, catches fire and burns after one of its boilers explodes. At least 1,238 of the 2,031 passengers–mostly former Union POWs–are killed.

  • 1863

    The Army of the Potomac begins marching on Chancellorsville.

  • 1861

  • President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.