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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 11, 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 August 11

  • 2003

    NATO assumes command of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, its first major operation outside Europe.

  • Temperatures rise to 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius); over 140 people die in the heat wave.

  • 1999

    A tornado in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, kills one person.

  • 1990

    Troops from Egypt and Morocco arrive in Saudi Arabia as part of the international operation to prevent Iraq from invading.

  • 1989

    Voyager 2 discovers two partial rings around Neptune.

  • 1988

    Al Qaeda formed at a meeting in Peshawar, Pakistan.

  • 1984

    Carl Lewis wins four Olympic gold medals, tying the record Jesse Owens set in 1936.

  • 1978

    Funeral of Pope Paul VI.

  • 1975

    US vetoes admission of North and South Vietnam to UN.

  • 1972

    The last U.S. ground forces withdraw from Vietnam.

  • 1965

    A small clash between the California Highway Patrol and two black youths sets off six days of rioting in the Watts area of Los Angeles.

  • 1953

    Hulk Hogan, wrestler, actor (Assault on Devil’s Island); World Wrestling Federation heavyweight champion, 1984-89.

  • 1950

    Gennady Nikonov, inventor of AN-94 assault rifle.

  • Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer.

  • 1946

    Marilyn Vos Savant, author, columnist, playwright; “Highest IQ (Women)” Guinness Book of World Records, 1986-1989 (category retired in 1990).

  • 1944

    German troops abandon Florence, Italy, as Allied troops close in on the historic city.

  • 1943

    Kenny Gamble, songwriter, record producer; a pioneer of the “Philadelphia Sound”  (“Ain’t Gonna Love Nobody,” “Me and Mrs. Jones”).

  • 1942

    The German submarine U-73 attacks a Malta-bound British convoy and sinks HMS Eagle, one of the world’s first aircraft carriers.

  • 1941

    Soviet bombers raid Berlin but cause little damage.

  • 1933

    Jerry Falwell, founder of the conservative political lobbying organization, the Moral Majority.

  • 1929

    Babe Ruth hits his 500th major league home run against the Cleveland Indians.

  • 1921

    Alex Haley, genealogist and author of Roots.

  • 1916

    The Russia army takes Stanislau, Poland, from the Germans.

  • 1912

    Moroccan Sultan Mulai Hafid abdicates his throne in the face of internal dissent.

  • 1908

    Britain’s King Edward VII meets with Kaiser Wilhelm II to protest the growth of the German navy.

  • 1906

    In France, Eugene Lauste receives the first patent for a talking film.

  • 1904

    German General Lothar von Trotha defeats the Hereros tribe near Waterberg, South Africa.

  • 1892

    Hugh MacDiarmid, poet and founder of the Scottish Nationalist Party.

  • 1862

    Carrie James Bond, songwriter who wrote “I Love You Truly” and “A Perfect Day.”

  • President Abraham Lincoln appoints Union General Henry Halleck to the position of general in chief of the Union Army.

  • 1861

    James Bryan Herrick, physician who first described sickle-cell anemia.

  • 1856

    A band of rampaging settlers in California kill four Yokut Indians. The settlers had heard unproven rumors of Yokut atrocities.

  • 1833

    Robert G. Ingersoll, advocate of scientific realism and humanistic philosophy.

  • 1792

    A revolutionary commune is formed in Paris, France.

  • 1492

    Rodrigo Borgia is elected to the papacy as Pope Alexander VI.

  • 991

    Danes under Olaf Tryggvason kill Ealdorman Byrhtnoth and defeat the Saxons at Maldon.