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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 23, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • 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.

What happened today


Scottish patriot William Wallace is hanged, drawn, beheaded, and quartered in London.

Famous birthdays


Jean Baptiste Lislet-Geoffroy, French geographer.

more events on August 23

  • 2011

    A 5.8 earthquake centered at Mineral, Virginia, damages the Washington Monument, forcing the landmark to close for repairs.

  • Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is overthrown after National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan Civil War.

  • 2006

    Natascha Kampusch,  abducted at the age of 10 in Austria, escapes from her captor, Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.

  • 1996

    Osama bin Laden issues message entitled “A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.”

  • 1990

    East and West Germany announce they will unite on Oct 3.

  • Armenia declares independence from USSR.

  • 1979

    Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in New York City.

  • Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds.

  • 1977

    Bryan Allen, piloting the Gossamer Condor, wins the Kremer prize for the first human-powered aircraft to fly a one-mile, figure-eight course.

  • 1975

    Pathet Lao communists occupy Vientiane, Laos.

  • 1966

    Lunar Orbiter 1 takes first photograph of Earth from the moon.

  • 1965

    Roger Avary, screenwriter, director (Killing Zoe); shared Academy Award with co-writer Quentin Tarantino for best original screenplay (Pulp Fiction).

  • 1961

    Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi during bloody Tutsi-Hutu conflict.

  • 1958

    The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins: People’s Liberation Army bombards island of Quemoy during Chinese Civil War.

  • 1956

    Andreas Floer, mathematician, creator of the Floer homology.