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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 13, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • 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 13

  • 1993

    US Court of Appeals rules Congress must save all emails.

  • 1989

    The wreckage of a plane that carried U.S. congressman Mickey Leland and others on a humanitarian mission is found on a mountain side in Ethiopia; there are no survivors.

  • 1978

    Bomb attack in Beirut during Second Lebanese Civil War kills more than 150 people.

  • 1963

    A 17 year-old Buddhist monk burns himself to death in Saigon, South Vietnam.

  • 1961

    Construction begins on Berlin Wall during the night.

  • 1952

    Herb Ritts, photographer who revolutionized fashion photography in the 1980s and created many iconic photos of celebrities.

  • 1951

    Dan Fogelberg, multiple-platinum singer-songwriter.

  • 1948

    During the Berlin Airlift, the weather over Berlin becomes so stormy that American planes have their most difficult day landing supplies. They deem it ‘Black Friday.’

  • 1942

    Robert Lee Stewart, US Army brigadier general and astronaut.

  • 1940

    Ann Armstrong Daily, founder of Children’s Hospice international.

  • 1933

    Jocelyn Elders, first African American US Surgeon General (Sept 1993–Dec 1994).

  • 1932

    Adolf Hitler refuses to serve as Franz Von Papen’s vice chancellor.

  • 1930

    Don Ho, Hawaii’s best-known musician and singer (“Tiny Bubbles”).

  • 1926

    Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary leader and president.

  • 1916

    Daniel Schorr, radio and television correspondent.

  • 1912

    Ben Hogan, American golfer.

  • 1910

    British nurse Florence Nightingale, famous for her care of British soldiers during the Crimean War, dies.

  • 1902

    Felix Wankel, inventory of the rotary engine which bears his name.

  • 1899

    Alfred Hitchcock, director of over 50 films including Rebecca, Rear Window, Psycho and North by Northwest.

  • 1898

    Manila, the capital of the Philippines, falls to the U.S. Army.

  • 1892

    The first issue of the Afro American newspaper is published in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • 1889

    The first coin-operated telephone is patented by William Gray.

  • 1881

    The first African-American nursing school opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • 1862

    Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats a Union army under Thomas Crittenden at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

  • 1860

    Phoebe Anne Moses, later known as Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter and entertainer.

  • 1818

    Lucy Stone, woman’s rights activist, founder of Woman’s Journal.

  • 1787

    The Ottoman Empire declares war on Russia.

  • 1704

    The Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Austria defeat the French Army at the Battle of Blenheim.

  • 1680

    War starts when the Spanish are expelled from Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Indians under Chief Pope.

  • 1655

    Johann Christoph Denner, inventor of the clarinet.

  • 1630

    Emperor Ferdinand II dismisses Albert Eusebius von Wallenstein, his most capable general.

  • 1521

    Hernan Cortes captures the city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico, and sets it on fire.