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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 18, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery

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

more events on December 18

  • 2010

    In an opening act of Arab Spring, anti-government protests erupt in Tunisia.

  • 2008

    United Arab Emirates holds it first-ever elections.

  • 2005

    Civil war begins in Chad with a rebel assault on Adre; the rebels are believed to be backed by Chad’s neighbor, Sudan.

  • 2002

    California Gov. Gray Davis announces the state faces a record budget deficit; the looming $35 billion shortfall is almost double the amount reported a month earlier during the state’s gubernatorial campaign.

  • 1989

    The European Economic Community and the Soviet Union sign an agreement on trade and economic communication.

  • 1978

    Katie Holmes, actress (Dawson’s Creek TV series, Batman Begins).

  • 1972

    President Richard M. Nixon declares that the bombing of North Vietnam will continue until an accord can be reached (Operation Linebacker II).

  • 1970

    An atomic leak in Nevada forces hundreds of citizens to flee the test site.

  • 1965

    U.S. Marines attack VC units in the Que Son Valley during Operation Harvest Moon.

  • 1963

    Brad Pitt, actor (12 Monkeys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

  • 1960

    A rightist government is installed under Prince Boun Oum in Laos as the United States resumes arms shipments.

  • 1956

    Japan is admitted to the United Nations.

  • 1951

    North Koreans give the United Nations a list of 3,100 POWs.

  • 1946

    Steven Spielberg, film director (E.T., Jurassic Park, and Schindler’s List).

  • 1944

    Japanese forces are repelled from northern Burma by British troops.

  • 1942

    Adolf Hitler meets with Benito Mussolini and Pierre Laval.

  • 1941

    Japan invades Hong Kong.

  • Defended by 610 fighting men, the American-held island of Guam falls to more than 5,000 Japanese invaders in a three-hour battle.

  • 1940

    Adolf Hitler issues his secret plans for the invasion of the Soviet Union–Operation Barbarossa.

  • 1925

    Soviet leaders Lev Kamenev and Grigori Zinoviev break with Joseph Stalin.

  • 1916

    The Battle of Verdun ends with the French and Germans each having suffered more than 330,000 killed and wounded in 10 months. It was the longest engagement of World War I.

  • 1915

    In a single night, about 20,000 Australian and New Zealand troops withdraw from Gallipoli, Turkey, undetected by the Turks defending the peninsula.

  • 1913

    Willy Brandt, German political leader. Mayor of Berlin and Chancellor of West Germany.

  • 1886

    Ty (Tyrus Raymond) Cobb, American baseball player, first man to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 1879

    Paul Klee, Swiss abstract painter.

  • 1865

    Slavery is abolished in the United States. The 13th Amendment is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution, ensuring that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

  • 1862

    Union General Ulysses S. Grant announces the organization of his army in the West. Sherman, Hurlbut, McPherson, and McClernand are to be corps commanders.

  • Nathan Bedford Forrest engages and defeats a Federal cavalry force near Lexington in his continued effort to disrupt supply lines.

  • 1812

    Napoleon Bonaparte arrives in Paris after his disastrous campaign in Russia.

  • 1118

    Afonso the Battler, the Christian King of Aragon captures Saragossa, Spain, causing a major blow to Muslim Spain.