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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.

What happened today


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

Famous birthdays


Daniel Schorr, radio and television correspondent.

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.