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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.

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.

  • 1954

    First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

  • 1952

    Arab League security pact linking seven Arab States in a military, political and economic alliance goes into effect.

  • 1951

    Akhmad Kadyrov, President of Chechnya (Oct 5, 2003–May 9, 2004).

  • Queen Noor of Jordan (Lisa Najeeb Halaby), queen consort 1978–99.

  • 1950

    Up to 77,000 members of the U.S. Army Organized Reserve Corps are called involuntarily to active duty to fight the Korean War.

  • 1946

    Keith Moon, drummer in The Who.

  • 1944

    German SS engineers begin placing explosive charges around the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

  • 1942

    Patricia McBride, ballerina; in 1961 became youngest principal in the New York City Ballet.

  • German forces begin an assault on the major Soviet industrial city of Stalingrad.

  • 1939

    Joseph Stalin and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop sign a non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Germany, freeing Adolf Hitler to invade Poland and Stalin to invade Finland.

  • 1938

    Roger John Reginald Greenaway, songwriter (“I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,”), record producer. He and co-writer Roger Cook were first UK team to receive an Ivor Novello Award as Songwriters of the Year in two successive years.

  • 1935

    Sir Roy Colin Strong, the youngest director of both Britain’s National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; recipient of Shakespeare Prize.

  • 1934

    Barbara Eden, actress (I Dream of Jeannie TV series).

  • Sonny (Christian) Jurgensen, professional football player and sports announcer.

  • 1931

    H.O. Smith, molecular biologist credited with helping ‘open the door’ on genetic engineering.

  • 1927

    Immigrant laborers Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are executed for a robbery they did not commit. Fifty years later, in 1977, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis establishes a memorial in the victims’ honor.

  • 1926

    Italian film star Rudolph Valentino dies, causing world-wide hysteria and a number of suicides.

  • 1914

    The Emperor of Japan declares war on Germany.

  • 1912

    Gene Kelly, dancer, choreographer and actor.

  • 1902

    Fanny Farmer, among the first to emphasize the relationship of diet to health, opens her School of Cookery in Boston.

  • 1900

    Booker T. Washington forms the National Negro Business League in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • 1898

    Albert Claude, biologist who won the 1974 Nobel for his work on the sub-structure of the cell. He never graduated from high school.

  • 1883

    Jonathan Wainwright, U.S. general who fought against the Japanese on Corregidor in the Philippines and was forced to surrender.

  • 1863

    Union batteries cease their first bombardment of Fort Sumter, leaving it a mass of rubble but still unconquered by the Northern besiegers.

  • 1821

    After 11 years of war, Spain grants Mexican independence as a constitutional monarchy.

  • 1775

    King George III of England refuses the American colonies’ offer of peace and declares them in open rebellion.

  • 1755

    Jean Baptiste Lislet-Geoffroy, French geographer.

  • 1754

    Louis XVI, King of France during the French Revolution who met his fate at the guillotine.

  • 1711

    A British attempt to invade Canada by sea fails.

  • 1541

    Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec on his third voyage to North America.

  • 1305

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

  • 1244

    Turks expel the crusaders under Frederick II from Jerusalem.