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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 17, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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.

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Tamerlane's Mongols destroy the army of Mahmud Tughluk, Sultan of Delhi, at Panipat.

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more events on December 17

  • 2010

    Mohamed Bouazizi immolates himself, the catalyst for the Tunisian revolution and the subsequent Arab Spring.

  • 2007

    James, Viscount Severn, son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; youngest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

  • 2002

    Congolese parties of the inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord in the Second Congo War, providing for transitional government and elections within two years.

  • 1990

    Jean-Bertrand Aristide wins Haiti’s first free election.

  • 1989

    Fernando Color de Mello becomes Brazil’s first democratically elected president in nearly 30 years.

  • The Simpsons, television’s longest-running animated series, makes its US debut.

  • 1981

    Red Brigade terrorists kidnap Brigadier General James Dozier, the highest-ranking U.S. NATO officer in Italy.

  • 1965

    Ending an election campaign marked by bitterness and violence, Ferdinand Marcos is declared president of the Philippines.

  • 1962

    Richard Jewell, police officer who discovered pipe bombs on the grounds of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and helped evacuate the area before the bombs exploded.

  • 1952

    Yugoslavia breaks relations with the Vatican.

  • 1950

  • 1948

    The Smithsonian Institution accepts the Kitty Hawk – the Wright brothers’ plane.

  • 1945

    Chris Matthews, news anchor, political commentator; host of Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC.

  • 1944

    U.S. approves end to internment of Japanese Americans. U.S. Major General Henry C. Pratt issues Public Proclamation No. 21, declaring that Japanese American “evacuees” from the West Coast could return to their homes effective January 2, 1945.

  • The German Army renews the attack on the Belgian town of Losheimergraben against the defending Americans during the Battle of the Bulge.