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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.

What happened today


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

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

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.