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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 16, 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
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

more events on December 16

  • 2003

    President George W. Bush signs the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, which establishes the United States’ first national standards regarding email and gives the Federal Trade Commission authority to enforce the act. 

  • 1998

    The United States launches a missile attack on Iraq for failing to comply with United Nations weapons inspectors.

  • 1978

    Cleveland becomes the first U.S. city to default since the depression.

  • 1976

    President Jimmy Carter appoints Andrew Young as Ambassador to the United Nations.

  • 1969

    Adam Riess, astrophysicist; shared 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy and 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for providing evidence the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

  • 1963

    Benjamin Bratt, actor best known for his role of Rey Curtis on the Law & Order TV series.

  • 1962

    William Perry, pro football defensive lineman nicknamed The Refrigerator because of his size.

  • 1955

    Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este.

  • 1950

    President Harry Truman declares a state of National Emergency as Chinese communists invade deeper into South Korea.

  • 1949

    Billy Gibbons, singer, songwriter, musician with ZZ Top and Moving Sidewalks bands.

  • Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung is received at the Kremlin in Moscow.

  • 1944

    Germany mounts a major offensive in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. As the center of the Allied line falls back, it creates a bulge, leading to the name, the Battle of the Bulge.

  • 1943

    Steven Bochco, TV producer and writer (Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law).

  • 1938

    Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director; won Golden Globe for Best Actress–Motion Picture Drama for The Emigrants (1971).

  • 1936

    Morris Dees, activist; co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

  • 1932

    Sir Quentin Saxby Blake, illustrator and children’s writer; received the Hans Christian Andersen Award (2002) and was Britain’s first Children’s Laureate (1999–2001).

  • 1917

    Arthur C. Clarke, English science fiction writer (2001: A Space Odyssey)

  • 1915

    Members of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage (CU) testify at a congressional hearing to add an amendment for women’s right to vote.

  • 1864

    Union forces under General George H. Thomas win the battle at Nashville, smashing an entire Confederate army.

  • 1863

    Confederate General Joseph Johnston takes command of the Army of Tennessee.

  • 1835

    A fire in New York City destroys property estimated to be worth $20,000,000. It lasts two days, ravages 17 blocks, and destroys 674 buildings including the Stock Exchange, Merchants’ Exchange, Post Office, and the South Dutch Church.

  • 1775

    Jane Austen, novelist (Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice).

  • 1773

    To protest the tax on tea from England, a group of young Americans, disguised as Indians, throw chests of tea from British ships in Boston Harbor.

  • 1770

    Ludwig Van Beethoven, German composer best known for his 9th Symphony.

  • 1653

    Oliver Cromwell takes on dictatorial powers with the title of “Lord Protector.”

  • 1485

    Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, who bore him six children; only one, Mary I, survived to adulthood.

  • 1431

    Henry VI of England is crowned King of France.