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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 21, would your number have been called?

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

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

What happened today


In Cameroon 2,000 die from poison gas from a volcanic eruption.

Famous birthdays


Wilt Chamberlin, four-time MVP for the National Basketball Association and only player to score 100 points in a professional basketball game.

more events on August 21

  • 2001

    NATO decides to send a peacekeeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

  • 2000

    Tiger Woods wins golf’s PGA Championship, the first golfer to win 3 majors in a calendar year since Ben Hogan in 1953.

  • 1996

    The new Globe theater opens in England.

  • 1994

    Ernesto Zedillo wins Mexico’s presidential election.

  • 1991

    Communist hardliners’ coup is crushed in USSR after just 2 days; Latvia declares independence from USSR.

  • 1989

    Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune.

  • 1988

    Ceasefire in the 8-year war between Iran and Iraq.

  • 1986

    In Cameroon 2,000 die from poison gas from a volcanic eruption.

  • 1976

    Operation Paul Bunyan: after North Korean guards killed two American officers sent to trim a poplar tree along the DMZ on Aug. 18, US and ROK soldiers with heavy support chopped down the tree.

  • Mary Langdon in Battle, East Sussex, becomes Britain’s first firewoman.

  • 1973

    Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.

  • 1972

    US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched.

  • 1968

    Soviet forces invade Czechoslovakia because of the country’s experiments with a more liberal government.

  • 1963

    The South Vietnamese Army arrests over 100 Buddhist monks in Saigon.

  • 1961

    Stephen Hillenburg, animator and cartoonist; created character of Spongebob Squarepants.