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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 12, 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.

more events on August 12

  • 2012

    Summer Olympics come to a close in London.

  • 2005

    An LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) sniper mortally wounds Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, at the minister’s home.

  • 2000

    Russian Navy submarine K-141 Kursk explodes and sinks with all hands during military exercises in the Barents Sea.

  • 1992

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is concluded between the United States, Canada and Mexico, creating the world’s wealthiest trade bloc.

  • 1985

    Highest in-flight death toll as 520 die when  Japan Airlines Flight 123  crashes into Mount Takamagahara.

  • 1981

    Computer giant IBM introduces its first personal computer.

  • 1979

    Massive book burnings by press censors begin in Iran.

  • 1978

    Tel al-Zaatar massacre at Palestinian refuge camp during Lebanese Civil War.

  • 1977

    Space shuttle Enterprise makes its first free flight and landing.

  • Steven Biko, leader of the black consciousness movement in South Africa, is arrested.

  • 1972

    As U.S. troops leave Vietnam, B-52’s make their largest strike of the war.

  • 1969

    American installations at Quan-Loi, Vietnam, come under Viet Cong attack.

  • 1961

    The erection of the Berlin Wall begins, preventing access between East and West Germany.

  • 1954

    Pat Metheny, multiple-award winning jazz guitarist, including unprecedented 7 Grammys for 7 consecutive recordings.

  • 1941

    French Marshal Henri Philippe Petain announces full French collaboration with Nazi Germany.

  • 1939

    George Hamilton, Golden Globe-winning actor (Crime & Punishment, USA), producer (Love at First Bite).

  • 1937

    Walter Dean Myers, award-winning author of books for young readers (Hoops, The Scorpion).

  • 1936

    Vice-Admiral John Poindexter, Security Adviser to Pres. Ronald Reagan (Dec 1985–Nov 1986); convicted on 5 felonies arising from the Iran/Contra affair, but the convictions were overturned on appeal.

  • 1935

    President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Bill.

  • 1929

    Buck Owens, country singer, a leader in establishing the “Bakersfield Sound.”.

  • 1927

    Porter Wagoner, country singer, TV show host.

  • Ralph Waite, actor (The Waltons, Roots).

  • 1925

    Norris and Ross McWhirter, wrote and updated Guinness Book of World Records, 1955–1975; following Ross’ assassination by the IRA, Norris continued writing and updating the Guinness Book until 1985.

  • 1922

    The home of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. is dedicated as a memorial.

  • 1911

    Cantinflas, Mexican circus clown, acrobat and actor.

  • 1908

    Henry Ford‘s first Model T rolls off the assembly line.

  • 1898

    The Spanish American War officially ends after three months and 22 days of hostilities.

  • 1896

    Gold is discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. After word reaches the United States in June of 1897, thousands of Americans head to the Klondike to seek their fortunes.

  • 1889

    Zerna Sharp, creator and co-author, with William S. Gray, of the Dick and Jane reading primer series.

  • 1881

    Cecil B. DeMille, American film director, producer and screenwriter, famous for epic productions.

  • 1864

    After a week of heavy raiding, the Confederate cruiser Tallahassee claims six Union ships captured.

  • 1863

    Confederate raider William Quantrill leads a massacre of 150 men and boys in Lawrence, Kansas.

  • 1859

    Katherine Bates, composer of “America the Beautiful.”

  • 1812

    British commander the Duke of Wellington occupies Madrid, Spain, forcing out Joseph Bonaparte.

  • 1791

    Black slaves on the island of Santo Domingo rise up against their white masters.

  • 1781

    Robert Mills, architect and engineer whose designs include the Washington Monument, the National Portrait Gallery and the U.S. Treasury Building.

  • 1774

    Robert Southey, English poet laureate (1813-1843).

  • 1762

    George IV, named Prince Regent in 1810 when his father, George III, is declared insane.

  • The British capture Cuba from Spain after a two month siege.

  • 1687

    At the Battle of Mohacs, Hungary, Charles of Lorraine defeats the Turks.

  • 1099

    At the Battle of Ascalon 1,000 Crusaders, led by Godfrey of Bouillon, route an Egyptian relief column heading for Jerusalem, which had already fallen to the Crusaders.

  • 30

    Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt, commits suicide.