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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 25, would your number have been called?

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


Edward III of England defeats Philip VI's army at the Battle of Crecy in France.

Famous birthdays


John Savage, actor (The Deer Hunter).

more events on August 25

  • 2012

    Severe flooding in Myanmar.

  • 1991

    Croatian War of Independence: Battle of Vukovar begins, an 87-day siege of a Croatian city by the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA), supported by various Serbian paramilitary forces.

  • Belarus gains independence from the USSR.

  • The Airbus A340 makes its first flight.

  • 1989

    Mayumi Moriyama, formerly head of Japan’s Environmental Agency, becomes Japan’s first female cabinet secretary

  • NASA scientists receive stunning photographs of Neptune and its moons from Voyager 2.

  • 1987

    Blake Lively, actress, model (Gossip Girl TV series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).

  • 1981

    Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn.

  • 1980

    Zimbabwe joins the United Nations.

  • 1968

    Rachael Ray, chef, author, TV host.

  • 1964

    Blair Underwood, actor, director (L.A. Law TV series, The Second Coming); won Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album, An Inconvenient Truth.

  • 1958

    Tim Burton, director, producer, screenwriter (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas).

  • 1954

    Elvis Costello, Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter (“Watching the Detectives”).

  • 1950

    President Harry Truman orders the U.S. Army to seize control of the nation’s railroads to avert a strike.

  • 1949

    Gene Simmons, singer, songwriter; member of the band Kiss, one of the top-selling bands of all time.