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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.

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.

  • John Savage, actor (The Deer Hunter).

  • Martin Amis, English novelist (Money, Time’s Arrow).

  • 1948

    The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing.

  • 1944

    Paris is liberated from German occupation by Free French Forces under General Jacques LeClerc.

  • 1943

    The Allies complete the occupation of New Georgia.

  • 1941

    British and Soviet forces enter Iran, opening up a route to supply the Soviet Union.

  • 1940

    The first parachute wedding ceremony is performed by Rev. Homer Tomlinson at the New York City World’s Fair for Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward. The minister, bride and groom, best man, maid of honor and four musicians were all suspended from parachutes.

  • 1938

    Frederick Forsyth, author of thrillers (The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File).

  • 1933

    Wayne Shorter, jazz saxophonist and composer.

  • 1930

    Sean Connery, Scottish actor famous for playing the character James Bond in the Ian Flemming movie series.

  • 1927

    Althea Gibson, African American tennis player, the first to play at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.

  • 1925

    A. Phillip Randolph organizes the Sleeping Car Porters’ Union.

  • 1921

    Brian Moore, Irish novelist (The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne).

  • The United States, which never ratified the Versailles Treaty ending World War I, finally signs a peace treaty with Germany.

  • 1919

    George C. Wallace, governor of Alabama and presidential candidate.

  • 1918

    Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer and pianist.

  • 1916

    The National Park Service is established as part of the Department of the Interior.

  • 1913

    Walt Kelly, cartoonist who created the comic strip “Pogo.”

  • 1875

    “”Captain” Matthew Webb becomes the first man to swim across the English Channel.

  • 1864

    Confederate General A.P. Hill pushes back Union General Winfield Scott Hancock from Reams Station where his army has spent several days destroying railroad tracks.

  • 1862

    Union and Confederate troops skirmish at Waterloo Bridge, Virginia, during the Second Bull Run Campaign.

  • 1830

    The “Tom Thumb” steam locomotive runs its famous race with a horse-drawn car. The horse wins because the engine, which had been ahead, breaks down.

  • 1765

    In protest over the stamp tax, American colonists sack and burn the home of Massachusetts governor Thomas Hutchinson.

  • 1758

    The Prussian army defeats the invading Russians at the Battle of Zorndorf.

  • 1346

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

  • 357

    Julian Caesar defeats the Alamanni at Strasbourg in Gaul.