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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.

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.

  • 1959

    Hawaii is admitted into the Union.

  • 1956

    Kim Cattrall, actress (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Sex in the City TV series).

  • 1954

    Archie Griffin, NFL running back; only college player to win two Heisman trophies (Ohio State) and first player to start in four Rose Bowls; member, College Football Hall of Fame.

  • 1953

    Ivan Stang (Douglass St. Clair Smith), writer, Church of the SubGenius.

  • 1952

    Joe Strummer, lead singer of British punk band The Clash (“Rock the Casbah”).

  • 1951

    Harry Smith, TV co-anchor (The Early Show and its predecessor CBS Morning Show, 1987–96, 2002–10).

  • 1950

    Arthur Bremer, attempted assassin who shot segregationist Alabama governor George C. Wallace in May 1972.

  • 1945

    President Harry S. Truman cancels all contracts under the Lend-Lease Act.

  • 1944

    Peter Weir, film director; among the leaders of Australian New Wave cinema (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli); Academy Award nominee (Dead Poets Society, Master and Commander).

  • Jackie DeShannon (Sharon Lee Meyers), singer/songwriter (“Lonely Girl,” “What the World Needs Now”); toured as The Beatles opening act in 1964; inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame, 2010.

  • The Dumbarton Oaks conference, which lays the foundation for the establishment of the United Nations, is held in Washington, D.C.

  • 1942

    U.S. Marines turn back the first major Japanese ground attack on Guadalcanal in the Battle of Tenaru.

  • 1938

    Kenny Rogers, singer, actor; one of top-selling artists of all time; voted Favorite Singer of All Time in 1986 poll.

  • 1936

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

  • 1915

    Italy declares war on Turkey.

  • 1904

    William “Count” Basie, American band leader and composer.

  • 1864

    Confederate General A.P. Hill attacks Union troops south of Petersburg, Va., at the Weldon railroad. His attack is repulsed, resulting in heavy Confederate casualties.

  • 1863

    Confederate raiders under William Quantrill strike Lawrence, Kansas, leaving 150 civilians dead.

  • 1858

    The first of a series of debates begins between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Douglas goes on to win the Senate seat in November, but Lincoln gains national visibility for the first time.

  • 1831

    Nat Turner leads a slave revolt in Southampton County, Virginia that kills close to 60 whites.

  • 1808

    Napoleon Bonaparte‘s General Junot is defeated by Wellington at the first Battle of the Peninsular War at Vimeiro, Portugal.

  • 1798

    Jules Michelet, French historian who wrote the 24-volume Historie de France.

  • 1794

    France surrenders the island of Corsica to the British.

  • 1525

    Estevao Gomes returns to Portugal after failing to find a clear waterway to Asia.

  • 1129

    The warrior Yoritomo is made Shogun without equal in Japan.