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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 28, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery

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

more events on August 28

  • 2012

    US Republican convention nominates Mitt Romney as the party’s presidential candidate.

  • 2005

    Hurricane Katrina reaches Category 5 strength; Louisiana Superdome opened as a “refuge of last resort” in New Orleans.

  • 2003

    Power blackout affects half-million people in southeast England and halts 60% of London’s underground trains.

  • 1999

    Prince Nikolai of Denmark.

  • 1993

    Two hundred twenty-three die when a dam breaks at Qinghai (Kokonor), in northwest China.

  • 1986

    Gilad Shalit, Israeli Defense Forces corporal kidnapped by Hamas and held for five years before being exchanged for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

  • US Navy officer Jerry A. Whitworth given 365-year prison term for spying for USSR.

  • Bolivian president Victor Paz Estenssoro declares a state of siege and uses troops and tanks to halt a march by 10,000 striking tin miners.

  • 1983

    Israeli’s prime minister Menachem Begin announces his resignation.

  • 1982

    Leann Rimes, Grammy-winning singer (“Blue”), actress, (Northern Lights).

  • First Gay Games held, in San Francisco.

  • 1981

    John Hinckley Jr. pleads innocent to attempting to assassinate Pres. Ronald Reagan.

  • 1979

    Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb explodes under bandstand in Brussels’ Great Market as British Army musicians prepare for a performance; four British soldiers wounded.

  • 1971

    Todd Eldredge, figure skater; Men’s World Champion (1996).

  • 1968

    Clash between police and anti-war demonstrators during Democratic Party’s National Convention in Chicago.

  • 1965

    Shania Twain (Eilleen Regina Edwards), five-time Grammy-winning singer (“You’re Still the One”); only female artist to have three consecutive Diamond albums (10 million units sold).

  • The Viet Cong are routed in the Mekong Delta by U.S. forces, with more than 50 killed.

  • 1963

    One of the largest demonstrations in the history of the United States, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, takes place and reaches its climax at the base of the Lincoln Memorial when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I have a dream” speech.

  • 1952

    Rita Dove, poet; second African-American poet to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1987); first African-American Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1993-95); Poet Laureate of Virginia (2004-06).

  • 1951

    Wayne Osmond, singer, songwriter, TV actor (The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters).

  • 1948

    Daniel Seraphine, drummer with the band Chicago.

  • 1945

    Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrives in Chunking to confer with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in a futile effort to avert civil war.

  • 1944

    German forces in Toulon and Marseilles, France, surrender to the Allies.

  • 1943

    Lou Pinelia, American League Rookie of the Year (1969); 14th-winningest manager of all time.

  • 1941

    The German U-boat U-570 is captured by the British and renamed Graph

  • 1939

    Catherine “Cassie” Mackin, journalist; first woman to anchor an evening newscast alone on a regular basis (NBC’s Sunday Night News); NBC’s first woman floor reporter at a national political convention.

  • 1938

    The first degree given to a ventriloquist’s dummy is awarded to Charlie McCarthy–Edgar Bergen’s wooden partner. The honorary degree, “Master of Innuendo and Snappy Comeback,” is presented on radio by Ralph Dennis, the dean of the School of Speech at Northwestern University.

  • 1925

    Donald O’Connor, entertainer (Singin’ in the Rain, Anything Goes).

  • 1914

    Three German cruisers are sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of World War I.

  • 1908

    Roger Tory Peterson, author of the innovative bird book A Field Guide to Birds.

  • 1903

    Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian psychologist, educator of autistic and emotionally disturbed children.

  • 1896

    Liam O’Flaherty, Irish novelist and short-story writer.

  • 1882

    Belle Benchley, the first female zoo director in the world, who directed the Zoological Gardens of San Diego.

  • 1862

    Mistakenly believing the Confederate Army to be in retreat, Union General John Pope attacks, beginning the Battle of Groveton. Both sides sustain heavy casualties.

  • 1828

    Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (War and Peace, Anna Karenina).

  • 1774

    Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the first U.S.-born saint.

  • 1749

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, playwright and novelist, best known for Faust.

  • 1676

    Indian chief King Philip, also known as Metacom, is killed by English soldiers, ending the war between Indians and colonists.