What happened on your birthday?

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.

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.

  • 1942

    The Japanese submarine I-25 departs Japan with a floatplane in its hold which will be assembled upon arriving off the West Coast of the United States, and used to bomb U.S. forests.

  • 1938

    Stephen Breyer, US Supreme Court justice.

  • Maxine Waters, congresswoman from California, second African-American woman to be elected to congress.

  • 1935

    American comedian and “cowboy philosopher” Will Rogers dies in an airplane accident, along with American aviation pioneer Wiley Post.

  • 1924

    Robert Bolt, English screenwriter and playwright best known for A Man for all Seasons.

  • 1914

    The Panama Canal opens to traffic.

  • 1912

    Julia Child, American chef and television personality.

  • 1888

    T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia for his military exploits against the Turks in World War I.

  • 1872

    The first ballot voting in England is conducted.

  • 1864

    The Confederate raider Tallahassee captures six Federal ships off New England.

  • 1771

    Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist who wrote Ivanhoe and Rob Roy.

  • 1769

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France (1804-1815) and military leader.

  • 1760

    Frederick II defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Liegnitz.

  • 1598

    Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish force to victory over the British at Battle of Yellow Ford.

  • 1385

    John of Portugal defeats John of Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota.

  • 1261

    Constantinople falls to Michael VIII of Nicea and his army.