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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 15, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted

Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

What happened today


Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan.

Famous birthdays


Rob Thomas, television writer (Veronica Mars, 90210).

more events on August 15

  • 2007

    An earthquake of 8.0 magnitude kills over 500 and injures more than 1,000 in Peru.

  • 2001

    Astronomers announce the first solar system discovered outside our own; two planets had been found orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

  • 1994

    Infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal captured in Khartoum, Sudan.

  • US Social Security Administration, previously part of the Department of Health and Human Services, becomes an independent government agency.

  • 1986

    Ignoring objections from President Ronald Reagan‘s Administration, US Senate approves economic sanctions against South Africa to protest that country’s apartheid policies.

  • 1971

    US President Richard Nixon announces a 90-day freeze on wages and prices in an attempt to halt rapid inflation.

  • 1969

    Over 400,000 young people attend a weekend of rock music at Woodstock, New York.

  • 1965

    Rob Thomas, television writer (Veronica Mars, 90210).

  • 1964

    Melinda French Gates, businesswoman, philanthropist; co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband, Bill Gates (co-founder of Microsoft).

  • 1961

    Ed Gilllespie, US Republican political strategist and White House counsel to President George W. Bush.

  • 1950

    Two U.S. divisions are badly mauled by the North Korean Army at the Battle of the Bowling Alley in South Korea, which rages on for five more days.

  • 1947

    Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan.

  • 1946

    Jimmy Webb, songwriter (“MacArthur Park,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”).

  • 1945

    Gasoline and fuel oil rationing ends in the United States.

  • 1944

    American, British and French forces land on the southern coast of France, between Toulon and Cannes, in Operation Dragoon.