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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 20, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • 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.

What happened today


NeXT merges with Apple Computer, leading to the development of groundbreaking Mac OS X.

Famous birthdays


Harvey Firestone, industrialist and tire maker.

more events on December 20

  • 2007

    Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest monarch in the history of the UK; previously, that honor belonged to Queen Victoria.

  • 1996

    NeXT merges with Apple Computer, leading to the development of groundbreaking Mac OS X.

  • 1995

    NATO begins peacekeeping operation in Bosnia.

  • 1989

    U.S. troops invade Panama to oust General Manuel Noriega and replace him with Guillermo Endara.

  • 1976

    Adam Powell, Welsh game designer; co-founder of Neopets and Meteor Games companies.

  • 1963

    Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, elder daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain; fourth in line of succession to the Spanish throne.

  • Four thousand cross the Berlin Wall to visit relatives under a 17-day Christmas accord.

  • 1962

    In its first free election in 38 years, the Dominican Republic chooses leftist Juan Bosch Gavino as president.

  • 1960

    National Liberation Front is formed by guerrillas fighting the Diem regime in South Vietnam.

  • 1948

    Alan Parsons, musician (The Alan Parsons Project); producer who was involved with The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

  • U.S. Supreme Court announces that it has no jurisdiction to hear the appeals of Japanese war criminals sentenced by the International Military Tribunal.

  • 1946

    Dick Wolf, television producer (Miami Vice, Law & Order).

  • Viet Minh and French forces fight fiercely in Annamite section of Hanoi.

  • 1943

    Soviet forces halt a German army trying to relieve the besieged city of Stalingrad.

  • 1941

    The Flying Tigers, American pilots in China, enter combat against the Japanese over Kunming.