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

What happened today


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

Famous birthdays


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

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.