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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 26, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    245
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    91
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    348
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    76

Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.


What happened today

1978

Albino Luciani elected to the Papacy and chooses the name Pope John Paul I ; his 33-day reign is among the shortest in Papal history.

Famous birthdays

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Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry who defined the role of oxygen and named it.

more events on August 26

  • 1999

    Russia begins the Second Chechen War in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade.

  • 1978

    Sigmund Jähn becomes first German to fly in space, on board Soviet Soyuz 31.

  • Albino Luciani elected to the Papacy and chooses the name Pope John Paul I ; his 33-day reign is among the shortest in Papal history.

  • 1977

    The National Assembly of Quebec adopts Bill 101, Charter of the French Language, making French the official language of the Canadian province.

  • 1970

    Melissa Ann McCarthy, comedian, writer, producer, Emmy-winning actress (Mike & Molly TV series).

  • A nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality, led by Betty Friedan on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment calls attention to unequal pay and other gender inequalities in America.

  • 1966

    South African Defense Force troops attack a People’s Liberation Army of Nambia at Omugulugwombashe, the first battle of the 22-year Namibian War of Independence.

  • 1960

    Branford Marsalis, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader.

  • 1957

    Nikky Finney (Lynn Carol Finney), poet; won National Book Award (Head Off & Split).

  • Ford Motor Company reveals the Edsel, its latest luxury car.

  • 1952

    Will Shortz, American puzzle creator and editor.

  • 1945

    Tom Ridge, first US Secretary of Homeland Security.

  • 1944

    Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Richard Alexander Walter George).

  • 1943

    The United States recognizes the French Committee of National Liberation.

  • 1940

    Donald Leroy “Don” LaFontaine, voice-over actor; recorded more than 5,000 film trailers and hundreds of thousands of television advertisements, network promotions, and video game trailers.