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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 December 05, 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.

What happened today


The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition in the United States, which had begun 13 years earlier.

Famous birthdays


Joan Didion, essayist and novelist (Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Play it as it Lays).

more events on December 5

  • 2007

    A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle kills 8 people at Westroads Mall, Omaha, Neb., before taking his own life.

  • 2006

    Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.

  • 1983

    Military Junta dissolves in Argentina.

  • 1978

    The Soviet Union signs a 20-year friendship pact with Afghanistan.

  • 1969

    Morgan J. Freeman, film director; his Hurricane Streets (1997) was the first narrative film to win three awards at the Sundance Film Festival; produced MTV reality shows (16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom).

  • 1966

    Comedian and political activist Dick Gregory heads for Hanoi, North Vietnam, despite federal warnings against it.

  • 1963

    Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, first to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping.

  • 1955

    A bus boycott begins under the leadership of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • 1953

    Italy and Yugoslavia agree to pull troops out of the disputed Trieste border.

  • 1950

    Pyongyang in Korea falls to the invading Chinese army.

  • 1947

    Jim Plunkett, pro football quarterback.

  • 1945

    Four TBM Avenger bombers disappear approximately 100 miles off the coast of Florida.

  • 1937

    The Lindberghs arrive in New York on a holiday visit after a two-year voluntary exile.

  • 1936

    The New Constitution in the Soviet Union promises universal suffrage, but the Communist Party remains the only legal political party.

  • 1935

    Calvin Trillin, journalist and writer.