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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 19, would your number have been called?

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

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

more events on August 19

  • 2010

    Operation Iraqi Freedom ends; the last US combat brigade, 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, leaves the country. Six brigades remain to train Iraqi troops.

  • 2005

    Toronto Supercell: A series of thunderstorms spawn several tornadoes and cause flash floods in Southern Ontario. Losses exceed $500 million Canadian dollars, the highest ever in the province.

  • 2004

    Google Inc. stock begins selling on the Nasdaq Stock Market, with an initial price of $85; the stock ended the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded.

  • 2003

    Shmuel Hanavi bus bombing: suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem kills 23 Israelis, some of them children, and wounds 130. Islamist militant group Hamas claims responsibility for the attack.

  • 2002

    A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.

  • 1991

    Communist hard-liners place President Mikhail Gorbachev under house arrest in an attempted coup that failed two days later.

  • 1988

    Cease fire begins in 8-year war between Iran and Iraq.

  • 1987

    Hungerford Massacre in the UK; armed with semi-automatic rifles and a handgun Michael Ryan kills 16 people before committing suicide. In response, Parliament passed the Firearms (Amendment) Act of 1988 banning ownership of certain classes of firearms.

  • 1976

    Gerald R Ford, who had become President of the United States after Richard Nixon resigned, wins Republican Party’s presidential nomination at Kansas City convention.

  • 1974

    US Ambassador to Cyrus Rodger P. Davies assassinated by a sniper of Greek Cypriot paramilitary group EOKA-B during a demonstration outside the embassy in Nicosia.

  • 1966

    Lee Ann Womack, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter (“I Hope You Dance”).

  • 1965

    US forces destroy a Viet Cong stronghold near Van Tuong, in South Vietnam.

  • 1957

    The first balloon flight to exceed 100,000 feet takes off from Crosby, Minnesota.

  • 1952

    Jonathan Frakes, actor (Commander William T Riker, Star Trek: The Next Generation); character given same birth-date but in 2335.

  • 1950

    Edith Sampson becomes the first African-American representative to the United Nations.

  • 1948

    Tipper Gore, wife of US Vice President Al Gore (1993-2001); co-founder, Parents Music Resource Center, which lobbied to have parental advisory labels placed on the packaging of music containing violent, sexual or drug-use lyrics.

  • 1945

    William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001); first president from the Baby Boomer generation.

  • 1944

    In an effort to prevent a communist uprising in Paris, Charles De Gualle begins attacking German forces all around the city.

  • 1942

    Fred Thompson, US Senator (R-Tenn); minority counsel on Senate Watergate Committee, lobbyist; actor (Law and Order)).

  • A raid on Dieppe, France by British and Canadian commandos is repulsed by the German Army.

  • 1940

    Jill St John, (Jill Arlyn Oppenheim), Los Angeles California, actress (Diamonds are Forever).

  • 1936

    Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca is shot by Franco’s troops after being forced to dig his own grave.

  • 1934

    38 million Germans vote to make Adolf Hitler the official successor to President von Hindenburg.

  • 1931

    Willie Shoemaker, record-setting jockey (won 8,833 of 40,350 starts); received Mike Venezia Memorial Award for “extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship” in 1990.

  • 1921

    Gene Roddenberry, television writer and producer, best known for the series Star Trek.

  • 1919

    Malcolm Forbes, publisher of Forbes magazine.

  • 1914

    The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) lands in France.

  • 1902

    Ogden Nash, humorist.

  • 1883

    Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, fashion designer.

  • 1871

    Orville Wright, aviation pioneer.

  • 1870

    Bernard Baruch, U.S. representative to the U.N. Atomic Energy Commission.

  • 1812

    The USS Constitution earns the nickname “Old Ironsides” during the battle off Nova Scotia that saw her defeat the HMS Guerriere.

  • 1779

    Americans under Major Henry Lee take the British garrison at Paulus Hook, New Jersey.

  • 1772

    Gustavus III of Sweden eliminates the rule of parties and establishes an absolute monarchy.

  • 1692

    Five women are hanged in Salem, Massachusetts after being convicted of the crime of witchcraft. Fourteen more people are executed that year and 150 others are imprisoned.

  • 1587

    Sigismund III is chosen to be the king of Poland.

  • 1493

    Maximilian succeeds his father Frederick III as Holy Roman Emperor.