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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 11, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery

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

more events on December 11

  • 2008

    Bernard “Bernie” Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in what was called a $50-billion Ponzi scheme.

  • 2006

    President of Mexico Felipe Calderon launches a military-led offensive against drug cartel violence in the state of Michoacan.

  • 2005

    Cronulla riots begin in Cronulla, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

  • 2001

    People’s Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.

  • 1997

    The Kyoto Protocol international treaty intended to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses, opens for signature.

  • 1981

    Hamish Blake, Australian comedian, actor, author; won Gold Logie Award for “Most Popular Personality on Television”; half of award-winning comedy duo Hamish and Andy (Andy Lee).

  • Military forces in El Salvador kill over 800 civilians in what is known as the El Mozote massacre during the Salvadoran Civil War.

  • 1978

    Massive demonstrations take place in Tehran against the shah.

  • 1972

    Challenger, the lunar lander for Apollo 17, touches down on the moon’s surface, the last time that men visit the moon.

  • 1967

    The Concorde, a joint British-French venture and the world’s first supersonic airliner, is unveiled in Toulouse, France.

  • 1964

    Frank Sinatra, Jr., is returned home to his parents after being kidnapped for the ransom amount of $240,000.

  • 1955

    Israel raids Syrian positions on the Sea of Galilee.

  • 1951

    Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball.

  • 1950

    Christina Onassis, businesswoman; inherited and operated the Onassis shipping businessh.

  • 1945

    A Boeing B-29 Superfortress shatters all records by crossing the United States in five hours and 27 minutes.

  • 1944

    Brenda Lee, singer; her 37 US chart hits in the 1960s is surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Connie Francis (“I’m Sorry,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”).

  • Teri Garr, actress, dancer (Tootsie, Mr. Mom).

  • 1943

    John Kerry, politician; unsuccessful Democratic nominee for President of the United States (2004); secretary of state (2013– ).

  • U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull demands that Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria withdraw from the war.

  • 1941

    The United States declares war on Italy and Germany.

  • 1940

    Donna Mills, actress (Knots Landing TV series, Play Misty for Me movie).

  • 1939

    Tom Hayden, social and political activist; author, politician.

  • Tom McGuane, novelist and screenwriter (The Sporting Club, Bushwacked Piano).

  • 1937

    Jim Harrison, novelist and poet (Legends of the Fall).

  • 1936

    Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicates the throne to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.

  • 1933

    Reports say Paraguay has captured 11,000 Bolivians in the war over Chaco.

  • 1930

    As the economic crisis grows, the Bank of the United States closes its doors.

  • 1927

    Nearly 400 world leaders sign a letter to President Calvin Coolidge asking the United States to join the World Court.

  • 1926

    Willie “Big Mama” Thornton, blues singer.

  • 1922

    Grace Paley, short story writer.

  • 1918

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Famous for The Gulag Archipelago.

  • 1911

    Naguib Mahfouz, Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian novelist.

  • 1882

    Fiorella H. La Guardia, mayor of New York City from 1933 to 1945.

  • A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe at Boston’s Bijou Theatre becomes the first performance in a theatre lit by incandescent electric lights.

  • 1863

    Union gunboats Restless, Bloomer and Caroline enter St. Andrew’s Bay, Fla., and begin bombardment of both Confederate quarters and saltworks.

  • 1862

    Union General Ambrose Burnside occupies Fredericksburg and prepares to attack the Confederates under Robert E. Lee.

  • 1861

    A raging fire sweeps the business district of Charleston, South Carolina, adding to an already depressed economic state.

  • 1843

    Robert Koch, physician and medical researcher.

  • 1816

    Indiana is admitted to the Union as the 19th state.

  • 1803

    Hector Berlioz, French composer and conductor (Symphonie Fantastique, La Damnation de Faust).

  • 1688

    James II abdicates the throne because of William of Orange landing in England.