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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 17, would your number have been called?

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

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

more events on August 17

  • 2012

    Moscow’s top court upholds ban of gay pride events in Russia’s capital city for 100 years.

  • 2005

    Israel begins the first forced evacuation of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank, as part of a unilateral disengagement plan.

  • 1999

    A 7.4-magnitude earthquake near Izmit, Turkey kills over 17,000 and injures nearly 45,000.

  • 1998

    President Bill Clinton admits to the American public that he had affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

  • 1988

    Pakistani President Zia-ul-Haq is killed in an airplane crash suspected of being an assassination.

  • 1987

    93-year-old Rudolf Hess, former Nazi leader and deputy of Adolf Hitler, is found hanged to death in Spandau Prison.

  • 1978

    Three Americans complete the first crossing of the Atlantic in a balloon.

  • 1965

    Robert Manry, copy editor of Cleveland Plain Dealer who sailed solo in a sailboat from Falmouth, Massachusetts, to Falmouth, Cornwall, England.

  • 1960

    Sean Penn, actor, screenwriter, director, political and social activist (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mystic River).

  • American Francis Gary Powers pleads guilty at his Moscow trial for spying over the Soviet Union in a U-2 plane.

  • 1953

    Judith Regan, controversial book publisher, editor, talk show host.

  • 1945

    Upon hearing confirmation that Japan has surrendered, Sukarno proclaims Indonesia’s independence.

  • 1944

    Lawrence Joseph Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation.

  • The mayor of Paris, Pierre Charles Tattinger, meets with the German commander Dietrich von Choltitz to protest the explosives being deployed throughout the city.

  • 1943

    Robert DeNiro, American actor, won Oscars for his roles in The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull.

  • Allied forces complete the conquest of Sicily.

  • 1942

    Marine Raiders attack Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands from two submarines.

  • 1932

    John (Red) Kerr, basketball coach.

  • 1923

    Larry Rovers, painter and sculptor.

  • 1892

    Mae West, American actress in burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway and movies.

  • 1890

    Harry Hopkins, who organized the Works Projects Administration under President Franklin Roosevelt.

  • 1887

    Marcus Garvey, Jamaican-born black nationalist who advocated the departure of African-Americans back to Africa.

  • 1882

    Samuel Goldwyn, American movie mogul who helped start MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer).

  • 1863

    Union gunboats attack Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, for the first time.

  • 1833

    The first steam ship to cross the Atlantic entirely on its own power, the Canadian ship Royal William, begins her journey from Nova Scotia to The Isle of Wight.

  • 1812

    Napoleon Bonaparte‘s army defeats the Russians at the Battle of Smolensk during the Russian retreat to Moscow.

  • 1786

    Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and politician who died in the defense of the Alamo.

  • 1743

    By the Treaty of Abo, Sweden cedes southeast Finland to Russia, ending Sweden’s failed war with Russia.