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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 19, would your number have been called?

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

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

more events on December 19

  • 2012

    Park Geun-hye elected President of South Korea, the nation’s first female chief executive.

  • 2001

    Rioting begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the country’s economic crisis.

  • The highest barometric pressure ever recorded (1085.6 hPa, 32.06 inHg) occurs at Tosontsengel, Khovsgol, Mongolia.

  • 1998

    President Bill Clinton is impeached. The House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton was the second president in American history to be impeached.

  • 1984

    British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang sign an agreement that committed Britain to return Hong Kong to China in 1997 in return for terms guaranteeing a 50-year extension of its capitalist system. Hong Kong was leased by China to Great Britain in 1898 for 99 years.

  • 1982

    Four bombs explode at South Africa’s only nuclear power station in Johannesburg.

  • 1974

    Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as vice president of the United states after a House of Representatives vote.

  • 1959

    Reputed to be the last civil war veteran, Walter Williams, dies at 117 in Houston.

  • 1950

    The North Atlantic Council names General Dwight D. Eisenhower as supreme commander of Western European defense forces.

  • 1945

    Congress confirms Eleanor Roosevelt as U.S. delegate to the United Nations.

  • 1944

    During the Battle of the Bulge, American troops begin pulling back from the twin Belgian cities of Krinkelt and Rocherath in front of the advancing German Army.

  • 1943

    US Marine Corps four-star general James L. Jones Jr.; Supreme Allied Commander in Europe (2003–2006); Commandant of the Marine Corps (1999–2003); National Security Advisor (2009–2010).

  • 1942

    The British advance 40 miles into Burma in a drive to oust the Japanese from the colony.

  • 1941

    Maurice White, singer, songwriter, musician, producer; founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire; member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

  • Adolf Hitler assumes the position of commander in chief of the German army.

  • Japanese land on Hong Kong and clash with British troops.

  • 1940

    Phil Ochs, singer, songwriter, producer; best known for his protest songs of the 1960s.

  • 1933

    Cicely Tyson, actress, best remembered for her role in The Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman.

  • 1915

    Edith Piaf, internationally famous French cabaret singer, best remembered for her songs “La Vie en rose” and “Non, je ne regrette rein.”

  • 1909

    American socialist women denounce suffrage as a movement of the middle class.

  • 1906

    Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet General Secretary of the Communist party and President of the Supreme Soviet from 1964 until 1982.

  • 1900

    The French Parliament votes amnesty for everyone involved in the Dreyfus Affair.

  • 1862

    Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest begins tearing up the railroads in Union generals Grant and Rosecrans rear, causing considerable delays in the movement of Union supplies.

  • 1820

    Mary Ashton Livermore, a temperance worker, women’s rights activist, lecturer, and writer. Founded her own suffrage paper, the Agitator, in 1869.

  • 1793

    French troops recapture Toulon from the British.

  • 1683

    Philip V, the first Bourbon King of Spain.

  • 1562

    The French Wars of Religion between the Huguenots and the Catholics begins with the Battle of Dreux.

  • 1154

    Henry II is crowned king of England.