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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 18, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
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more events on August 18

  • 2011

    Gold hits a record price of $1,826 per ounce.

  • 2010

    Edelmiro Cavazos, mayor of Santiago, Nuevo Leon, is found handcuffed, blindfolded and dead following his abduction three days earlier. He had championed crackdowns on organized crime and police corruption.

  • 1993

    Historic Kapelbrug (chapel bridge) in Luzern, Switzerland, burns, destroying 147 of its decorative paintings. It was built in 1365.

  • 1992

    Dennis Rader, the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) killer receives 10 consecutive life sentences. He had terrorized Wichita, Kansas, murdering 10 people between 1974 and 1991.

  • 1991

    A group of hard-line communist leaders unhappy with the drift toward the collapse of the Soviet Union seize control of the government in Moscow and place President Mikhail S. Gorbachev under house arrest

  • 1988

    Republican Convention in New Orleans nominate the George H.W. Bush-Dan Quayle ticket.

  • 1987

    Ohio nurse Donald Harvey sentenced to triple life terms for poisoning 24 patients.

  • 1982

    Pete Rose sets record with his 13,941st plate appearance.

  • 1979

    Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini demands a “Saint War” against Kurds.

  • 1974

    Luna 24, the USSR’s final major lunar exploration mission, soft-lands on moon.

  • 1973

    Hank Aaron makes his 1,378 extra-base hit, surpassing Stan Musial’s record.

  • 1969

    Christian Slater, actor (Heathers, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Hard Rain).

  • Two concert goers die at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, New York, one from an overdose of heroin, the other from a burst appendix.

  • 1966

    Australian troops repulse a Viet Cong attack at Long Tan.

  • 1965

    Operation Starlite marks the beginning of major U.S. ground combat operations in Vietnam.

  • 1963

    James Meredith, the first African American to attend University of Mississippi, graduates.

  • 1962

    Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico 2006–2012.

  • 1961

    Robert Warren “Bob” Woodruff, journalist, TV news anchor; critically wounded by roadside bomb while reporting on the war in Iraq, January 2006.

  • 1952

    Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost).

  • 1943

    The Royal Air Force Bomber Command completes the first major strike against the German missile development facility at Peenemunde.

  • 1942

    Japan sends a crack army to Guadalcanal to repulse the U.S. Marines fighting there.

  • 1940

    Frankie Avalon, singer (“Venus,” 5 weeks at No. 1), actor (Beach Blanket Bingo); teen heartthrob of late 1950s–early 1960s.

  • 1939

    The film The Wizard of Oz opens in New York City.

  • 1937

    William George Rushton, London, actor, author, cartoonist; co-founder of Private Eye satire magazine.

  • 1936

    Robert Redford, actor (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Great Gatsby).

  • 1934

    Roberto Clemente, outfielder for Pittsburgh Pirates, first Latin American enshrined in National Baseball Hall of Fame; died in plane crash while delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua, Dec. 31, 1972.

  • 1933

    Roman Polanski, Polish film director best known for Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown.

  • 1932

    Luc Montagnier, virologist who discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

  • 1929

    The first cross-country women’s air derby begins. Louise McPhetridge Thaden wins first prize in the heavier-plane division, while Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie finishes first in the lighter-plane category.

  • 1923

    Jimmy Witherspoon, blues singer.

  • 1922

    Shelly Winters, actress who won an Academy Award for The Diary of Anne Frank.

  • 1920

    Tennessee becomes the thirty-sixth state to ratify the nineteenth amendment granting women’s suffrage, completing the three-quarters necessary to put the amendment into effect.

  • 1918

    Elsa Morante, Italian writer (History: A Novel).

  • 1914

    Germany declares war on Russia while President Woodrow Wilson issues his Proclamation of Neutrality.

  • 1898

    Adolph Ochs takes over the New York Times, saying his aim is to give “the news, all the news, in concise and attractive form, in language that is permissible in good society, and give it early, if not earlier, than it can be learned through any other medium.”

  • 1870

    Prussian forces defeat the French at the Battle of Gravelotte during the Franco-Prussian War.

  • 1864

    Union General William T. Sherman sends General Judson Kilpatrick to raid Confederate lines of communication outside Atlanta. The raid is unsuccessful.

  • 1862

    Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart‘s headquarters is raided by Union troops of the 5th New York and 1st Michigan cavalries.

  • 1807

    Charles F. Adams, U.S. diplomat and public official whose father was John Quincy Adams.

  • 1792

    Lord John Russell, Prime Minister of England from 1846 to 1852 and 1865 to 1866.

  • 1782

    Poet and artist William Blake marries Catherine Sophia Boucher.

  • 1774

    Meriwether Lewis, American explorer who led the Corps of Discovery with William Clark.

  • 1759

    The French fleet is destroyed by the British under “Old Dreadnought” Boscawen at the Battle of Lagos Bay.

  • 1698

    After invading Denmark and capturing Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden forces Frederick IV of Denmark to sign the Peace of Travendal.

  • 1590

    John White, the leader of 117 colonists sent in 1587 to Roanoke Island (North Carolina) to establish a colony, returns from a trip to England to find the settlement deserted. No trace of the settlers is ever found.

  • 1587

    In the Roanoke Island colony, Ellinor and Ananias Dare become parents of a baby girl whom they name Virginia, the first English child born in what would become the United States.