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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 14, 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 14

  • 2010

    First-ever Summer Youth Olympic Games open, in Singapore. Athletes must be 14–18 years old.

  • 2007

    Four coordinated suicide bomb attacks in Yazidi towns near Mosul, Iraq, kill more than 400 people.

  • 1995

    Shannon Faulker becomes the first female cadet in the long history of South Carolina’s state military college, The Citadel. Her presence is met with intense resistance, reportedly including death threats, and she will leave the school a week later.

  • 1987

    Mark McGwire hits his 49th home run of the season, setting the major league home run record for a rookie.

  • 1973

    The United States ends the “secret” bombing of Cambodia.

  • 1969

    British troops arrived Northern Ireland in response to sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.

  • 1966

    Halle Berry, actress, her many awards include a Golden Globe (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, TV movie) and and an Oscar (Monster’s Ball).

  • 1950

    Gary Larson, cartoonist (The Far Side).

  • 1947

    Danielle Steel, the fourth-bestselling author of all time.

  • Pakistan becomes an independent country.

  • 1945

    Steve Martin, American comedian, actor, musician and screenwriter, his many awards include a Lifetime Achievement in Comedy (American Comedy Awards, USA), several Emmys, and  Grammys for Best Comedy Album (1977, 1979) and Best Bluegrass Album (2009, 2013)

  • 1942

    Dwight D. Eisenhower is named the Anglo-American commander for Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa.

  • 1938

    Niara Sudarkasa, educator and first woman president of Lincoln University.

  • 1925

    Russell Baker, author and columnist for The New York Times.

  • 1917

    The Chinese Parliament declares war on the Central Powers.

  • 1900

    The European allies enter Beijing, relieving their besieged legations from the Chinese Boxers.

  • 1863

    Ernest L. Thayer, author of the poem “Casey at the Bat.”

  • 1793

    Republican troops in France lay siege to the city of Lyons.

  • 1777

    Hans Christian Oersted, Danish scientist who discovered electromagnetism.

  • 1756

    French commander Louis Montcalm takes Fort Oswego, New England, from the British.

  • 1605

    The Popham expedition reaches the Sagadahoc River in present-day Maine and settles there.

  • 1559

    Spanish explorer Tristan de Luna enters Pensacola Bay, Florida.

  • 1457

    The first book ever printed is published by a German astrologer named Faust. He is thrown in jail while trying to sell books in Paris. Authorities concluded that all the identical books meant Faust had dealt with the devil.