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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 27, 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

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

more events on August 27

  • 2012

    First interplanetary human voice recording is broadcast from the Mars Rover Curiosity.

  • 2008

    Democrats nominate Barack Obama for president, first African American nominated by a major political party for the office of President of the United States.

  • 2003

    Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing within 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km).

  • 1993

    The Rainbow Bridge, a 1,870-foot suspension bridge over Tokyo Bay, completed.

  • 1991

    Moldavia declares independence from USSR.

  • 1989

    Chuck Berry performs his tune Johnny B. Goode for NASA staff in celebration of Voyager II‘s encounter with the planet Neptune.

  • 1988

    Alexa Vega, actress, singer (Spy Kids movies, Ruby in Ruby & the Rockits TV series).

  • 1986

    Mario (Mario Dewar Barrett), singer / songwriter (“Let Me Love You”), actor (Freedom Writers), dancer, model; included on Billboard magazine’s Artist of the Decade list for the 2000s.

  • 1984

    President Ronald Reagan announces NASA Teacher in Space project, intended to inspire students and honor teachers and spur interest in the fields of science, mathematics and space exploration.

  • 1979

    Lord Mountbatten is killed by an Irish terrorist bomb in his sail boat in Sligo, Ireland.

  • 1977

    Sarah Chalke, actress (Roseanne TV series).

  • 1975

    Jonny (Jonathan) Moseley, Olympic Gold Medal skier; first Puerto Rican on US Ski Team.

  • Veronica & Colin Scargill of England complete tandem bicycle ride around the world, a record 18,020 miles (29,000.4 km).

  • 1963

    Cambodia severs ties with South Vietnam.

  • 1954

    Derek Warwick, Formula 1 race car driver.

  • 1952

    Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens), actor (Pee-Wee’s Playhouse children’s TV series, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure).

  • 1950

    Charles Fleischer, actor, (Laverne and Shirley TV series) comedian, voice-over actor best known as the voice of Roger Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?).

  • 1949

    Jeff Cook, musician, singer with the band Alabama.

  • 1947

    Barbara Bach, actress (The Spy Who Loved Me).

  • 1945

    B-29 Superfortress bombers begin to drop supplies into Allied prisoner of war camps in China.

  • 1943

    Tuesday Weld (Susan Ker Weld), actress; won Golden Globe for Most Promising Female Newcomer, 1960 (Looking for Mr. Goodbar).

  • 1941

    The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumimaro Konoye, issues an invitation for a meeting with President Franklin Roosevelt.

  • 1931

    Sri Chinmoy (Chinmoy Kumar Ghose), Indian spiritual leader whose teachings attracted a worldwide following; nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.

  • 1929

    Ira Levin, author (Rosemary’s Baby, The Boys from Brazil).

  • 1928

    Fifteen nations sign the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact, outlawing war and calling for the settlement of disputes through arbitration. Forty-seven other countries eventually sign the pact.

  • 1916

    Italy declares war on Germany.

  • 1915

    Walter Heller, economist; chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors (1961-64); suggested a “War on Poverty” to Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson and tax cuts to stimulate the economy.

  • 1912

    Edgar Rice Burrough‘s Tarzan of the Apes first appears in a magazine.

  • 1910

    Thomas Edison demonstrates the first “talking” pictures–using a phonograph–in his New Jersey laboratory.

  • 1908

    Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th president of the United States (1963-1969).

  • 1899

    C.S. Forester, novelist and author of the Horatio Hornblower series.

  • 1894

    The United States congress passes an income tax law as part of a general tariff act, but it is found unconstitutional.

  • 1881

    New York state’s Pure Food Law goes into effect to prevent “the adulteration of food or drugs.”

  • 1871

    Theodore Dreiser, novelist (Sister Carrie).

  • 1862

  • 1861

    Union troops make an amphibious landing at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

  • 1813

    The Allies defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Dresden.

  • 1793

    Maximilien Robespierre is elected to the Committee of Public Safety in Paris, France.

  • 1776

    The Americans are defeated by the British at the Battle of Long Island, New York.

  • 1770

    George William Hegel, German idealist philosopher.

  • 1626

    The Danes are crushed by the Catholic League in Germany, marking the end of Danish intervention in European wars.