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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 29, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • 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 29

  • 2012

    The Egyptian Army’s Operation Eagle results in the deaths of 11 suspected terrorists and the arrest of another 23.

  • 2005

    Rains from Hurricane Katrina cause a levee breech at the Industrial Canal in New Orleans, causing severe flooding.

  • 2003

    A terrorist bomb kills Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, and nearly 100 worshipers as they leave a mosque in Najaf where the ayatollah had called for Iraqi unity.

  • 1995

    NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.

  • 1992

    Thousands of Germans demonstrate against a wave of racist attacks aimed at immigrants.

  • 1991

    USSR’s parliament suspends Communist Party activities in the wake of a failed coup.

  • 1986

    Morocco’s King Hassan II signs unity treaty with Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, strengthening political and economic ties and creating a mutual defense pact.

  • 1977

    Lou Brock (St Louis Cardinals) breaks Ty Cobb’s 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893.

  • 1968

    Democrats nominate Hubert H Humphrey for president at their Chicago convention.

  • 1966

    The Beatles give their last public concert (Candlestick Park, San Francisco).

  • 1965

    Astronauts L. Gordon Cooper Jr. and Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5, marking the first time the US set an international duration record for a manned space mission.

  • 1964

    Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth’s career strikeout record (1,330).

  • 1960

    US U-2 spy plane spots SAM (surface-to-air) missile launch pads in Cuba.

  • 1958

    Michael Jackson, pop singer, entertainer.

  • 1957

    US Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957 after Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24-hour filibuster, the longest in Senate history, against the bill.

  • 1952

    Karen Hesse, Newbery Medal–winning author of children’s literature (Out of the Dust).

  • In the largest bombing raid of the Korean War, 1,403 planes of the Far East Air Force bomb Pyongyang, North Korea.

  • 1950

    International Olympic Committee votes to allow West Germany and Japan to compete in 1952 games.

  • 1949

    USSR explodes its first atomic bomb, “First Lightning.”

  • 1945

    U.S. airborne troops are landed in transport planes at Atsugi airfield, southwest of Tokyo, beginning the occupation of Japan.

  • 1943

    Richard Halligan, vocalist with band Blood Sweat & Tears.

  • 1942

    The American Red Cross announces that Japan has refused to allow safe conduct for the passage of ships with supplies for American prisoners of war.

  • 1941

    Robin Leach, TV host (Life Styles of the Rich and Famous).

  • 1940

    James Brady, press secretary who was severely wounded during John Hinckley Jr.’s attempt to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan.

  • 1938

    Elliott Gould, actor (M*A*S*H, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice).

  • 1936

    John McCain, Republican US presidential nominee (2008) .

  • 1935

    William Friedkin, director, producer, writer (The Exorcist, The French Connection).

  • 1933

    Jehan Sadat, First Lady of Egypt (1970–1981); widow of Anwar Sadat.

  • 1931

    Lise Payette, Quebec politician, writer and columnist.

  • 1927

    Marion Williams, gospel singer.

  • 1924

    Dinah Washington, singer known in the 50s as “Queen of the Harlem Blues.”.

  • 1923

    Richard Attenborough, actor, (The Great Escape, Jurassic Park) Academy Award–winning director and producer (Gandhi)

  • 1920

    Charlie “Bird” Parker, self-taught jazz saxophonist, pioneer of the new “cool” movement.

  • 1915

    Ingrid Bergman, Oscar winning actress famous whose films include Casablanca and Anastasia.

  • 1898

    Preston Sturges, screenwriter, film director and playwright.

  • 1882

    Australia defeats England in cricket for the first time. The following day a obituary appears in the Sporting Times addressed to the British team.

  • 1862

    Union General John Pope‘s army is defeated by a smaller Confederate force at the Second Battle of Bull Run.

  • 1809

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., poet, essayist and father of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • 1793

    Slavery is abolished in Santo Domingo.

  • 1776

    General George Washington retreats during the night from Long Island to New York City.

  • 1632

    John Locke, philosopher of liberalism whose ideas influenced the American founding fathers, famous for his treatise An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.

  • 1533

    In Peru, the Inca chief Atahualpa is executed by orders of Francisco Pizarro, although the chief had already paid his ransom.

  • 1526

    Ottoman Suleiman the Magnificent crushes a Hungarian army under Lewis II at the Battle of Mohacs.

  • 70

    The Temple of Jerusalem burns after a nine-month Roman siege.