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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 August 02, would your number have been called?

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

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

more events on August 2

  • 1997

    Author William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch), considered the godfather of the “Beat Generation” in American literature, dies at age 83.

  • 1990

    Iraqi forces invade neighboring Kuwait.

  • 1965

    Newsman Morley Safer films the destruction of a Vietnamese village by U.S. Marines.

  • 1964

    U.S. destroyer Maddox is reportedly attacked by North Vietnamese patrol boats.

  • 1950

    The U.S. First Provisional Marine Brigade arrives in Korea from the United States.

  • 1949

    James Fallows, writer and editor of U.S. News and World Report.

  • 1943

    Lt. John F. Kennedy, towing an injured sailor, swims to a small island in the Solomon Islands. The night before, his boat, PT-109, had been split in half by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri.

  • 1942

    Isabel Allende, author of The House of the Spirits.

  • 1934

    German President Paul von Hindenburg dies and Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor.

  • 1932

    Peter O’Toole, Irish actor.

  • 1924

    James Baldwin, writer whose works include Go Tell It on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son.

  • 1923

    Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes president upon the death of Warren G. Harding.

  • 1918

    A British force lands in Archangel, Russia, to support White Russian opposition to the Bolsheviks.

  • 1914

  • 1876

    Wild Bill Hickok is shot while playing poker.

  • 1865

    Irving Babbitt, scholar and founder of the modern humanistic movement.

  • 1862

    The Army Ambulance Corps is established by Maj. Gen. George McClellan.

  • Union General John Pope captures Orange Court House, Virginia.

  • 1847

    William A. Leidesdorff launches the first steam boat in San Francisco Bay.

  • 1832

    Troops under General Henry Atkinson massacre Sauk Indian men, women and children who are followers of Black Hawk at the Bad Axe River in Wisconsin. Black Hawk himself finally surrenders three weeks later, bringing the Black Hawk War to an end.

  • 1820

    John Tyndall, British physicist and the first scientist to show why the sky is blue.

  • 1819

    The first parachute jump from a balloon is made by Charles Guille in New York City.

  • 1802

    Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed “Consul for Life” by the French Senate after a plebiscite from the French people.

  • 1790

    The first US census begins enumerating the population.

  • 1776

    The Continental Congress, having decided unanimously to make the Declaration of Independence, affixes the signatures of the other delegates to the document.

  • 1754

    Pierre Charles L’Enfant, French engineer who designed the layout of Washington, D.C.

  • 1589

    During France’s religious war, a fanatical monk stabs King Henry II to death.

  • 1553

    An invading French army is destroyed at the Battle of Marciano in Italy by an imperial army.

  • 1552

    The treaty of Passau gives religious freedom to Protestants living in Germany.

  • 216

    Hannibal Barca wins his greatest victory over the Romans at Cannae. After avidly studying the tactics of Hannibal, Scipio Africanus eventually bested his Carthaginian adversary.

  • 47

    Caesar defeats Pharnaces at Zela in Syria and declares, “veni, vidi, vici,” (I came, I saw, I conquered).